South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth November 27, 2013

Pakistan win series in thrilling finish

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45 overs Pakistan 262 (Shehzad 102, Steyn 6-39) beat South Africa 261 for 6 (Amla 98, De Villiers 74, Junaid 3-42) by one run
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Junaid Khan defended nine runs off the final over to ensure Pakistan secured a first ever bilateral ODI series win over South Africa. In a rain-reduced affair, which was curtailed to 45-overs a side, Ahmed Shehzad's century provided Pakistan with a challenging total. South Africa, playing in their 500th ODI, looked well set to chase it down courtesy Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, but the pressure got the better of them once again and they fell one run short.

A 110-run fourth-wicket partnership between Amla, whose 98 was crafted from patience, and de Villiers, who provided a dazzling display of innovation with 74, brought South Africa's required run-rate down to less than a run a ball. With the equation in their favour, it seemed South Africa would better their poor record batting second - they have not won a match chasing since March this year - in the decider of the three-match series against Pakistan. But Amla and JP Duminy were dismissed in the space of three balls, new batsmen were at the crease, Saeed Ajmal turned the screws in the penultimate over, Junaid produced a full bouquet of yorkers, and Pakistan claimed a historic victory.

There were times when it seemed they would not get there. After Junaid did the early damage and got rid of Graeme Smith, South Africa laid a foundation through Amla and Quinton de Kock, who provided a mix of fortitude and flair to keep South Africa on track. Amla was happy to let de Kock execute the meaty swings while he dropped anchor.

Shahid Afridi's golden-arm broke through their partnership when de Kock tried to clip the ball over midwicket and found silly mid-on instead. Afridi also claimed the big scalp of Jacques Kallis but by then Amla had reached fifty and South Africa were set.

With de Villiers joining him, South Africa had their two top ODI batsmen in operation and they seemed certain to take them over the line. De Villiers attacked from the get-go, driving Bilawal Bhatti through extra cover, and then accelerated off Mohammad Hafeez, Ajmal and Anwar Ali.

He danced down the track, he cut, he brought up his half-century with a fierce pull, he swept and got down on on knee to impersonate Brendon McCullum's paddle. And then he perished trying to repeat it. Afridi took the catch at deep square leg.

Still, South Africa seemed in control. They required 36 runs off 38 balls and Amla was still there. He was soon in the nineties. He was the man who could withstand the Ajmal stranglehold, but he showed he was human too. He tried to reach the milestone with a six over square leg but top-edged to Hafeez and that was the start of South Africa's end. Ajmal's job was done, Junaid followed up well and South Africa's soft underbelly was exposed again.

The questions surrounding their batting may drown out any thoughts of their bowling, which stands in line for much praise and some concern. Dale Steyn recorded career-best figures of 6 for 39 and bowled the poisoned-tip any spearhead should.

Steyn claimed the early wickets of Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez - who he has now accounted for him 15 times in 23 matches across formats - and came back to puncture Pakistan at the end. What he lacked was support from an attack that had been changed to include the fit-again Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Ryan McLaren. The seamers struggled to fine their lines while there was little on offer for the slower bowlers, making them fairly ineffective.

Once Steyn had had his way with the top order, Pakistan rebuilt through Sohaib Maqsood and Shehzad. They rotated strike well and did not force boundaries, instead waiting for Jacques Kallis to overpitch, JP Duminy to offer flight or Ryan McLaren to allow them to get under the length.

Maqsood threw it away, trying to launch McLaren over extra cover and finding Amla, but Shehzad plugged on. He crossed 1000 ODI runs, survived while Misbah-ul-Haq was caught down the leg side off Imran Tahir and, after 108 balls at the crease brought up his third ODI century. He looked set for many more but was run-out when Umar Akmal was ball-watching when he called for a single.

Akmal made up for that mistake by providing the lower-order flourish which took Pakistan to a competitive total. He was the anchor of the 82 runs they scored in the last 10 overs. He took on McLaren and Steyn with extravagant shots and even though he was Steyn's fifth wicket, he had done enough to roll out the canvas on which the bowlers could paint a memorable win.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Desihungama on November 28, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    From my observations Ajmal did not attack in his second to last over when he went for plenty because I felt they wanted to get wicket close to end of the innings since it's hard for a new batsman to come in and just smack around bowlers in rhythm when 8-9 are required off 6-7 balls and the strategy paid off. We saw SA losing wicket in the penultimate over and their new batsmen never got the feel of the wicket or game. Very well played Pakistan. The stuff of legends. Reminded of days of Akram and Co. holding opponents. Very well chased by SA.

  • on November 29, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Very entertaining series( in UAE) and counter-series( in SA) between a no5 and no6 team...justifying their ICC rankings

  • huhohuhohuho on November 29, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    ffirst asian teams to beat sa in a series on their home soil take that neighours. even if u do beat them u will be second

  • on November 29, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan for winning the first ODI series in SA.They gave SA their own medicine by beating them by 1 run same as in UAE. SA wanted 11 off 12 balls but the great spinner Ajmal gave only 2 runs in the 44th over and Junaid defended the 9 runs last over.I always said Pak on their day never under-estimate them. Now they've 2 middle order all rounders in Bhatti and Ali. Let's see the series against Sri Lanka. Good luck

  • on November 28, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Steyn bowled well but took his last 3 wickets in his last 7 deliveries, when the damage was already done by Shehzad, Akmal and even Bhatti had smashed Steyn for some quick runs before getting out. 6/39 reads too good for his efforts and deservedly wasn't a match winning performance. Junaid on the other hand made sure their batsmen don't whack him like that and displayed the art of yorkers. In UAE, Saffers won 4 tosses, batted first and won all 4 matches. Every time they had to chase, they have lost in the lat 7 odis. In the 5 ODI series earlier this year in SA, a dropped catch of AB by Younis in the final match decided the winner of the series. They are just not the strong ODI side they look on the paper. Only AB is sheer class and a match winner. Everyone else chokes when the going gets tough.

  • SuperSharky on November 28, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    This was a very entertaining match. A good chase from Proteas (brilliant partnership between AB De Villiers and Amla), but it was brilliant play from Pakistan to win the match. The cool head Misbah Ul-Haq really impressed as a captain. Out of all the current international captains, he is among the top with top captain qualities. Misbah is o.k. with reviews, but I wish I could see him go more with his instinct and not get so easily persuaded by his teammates. But he was brilliant and so was Pakistan.

  • on November 28, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Steyn bowled well but took his last 3 wickets in his last 7 deliveries, when the damage was already done by Shehzad, Akmal and even Bhatti had smashed Steyn for some quick runs before getting out. 6/39 reads too good for his efforts and deservedly wasn't a match winning performance. Junaid on the other hand made sure their batsmen don't whack him like that and displayed the art of yorkers. In UAE, Saffers won 4 tosses, batted first and won all 4 matches. Every time they had to chase, they have lost in the lat 7 odis. In the 5 ODI series earlier this year in SA, a dropped catch of AB by Younis in the final match decided the winner of the series. They are just not the strong ODI side they look on the paper. Only AB is sheer class and a match winner. Everyone else chokes when the going gets tough.

  • on November 28, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan, And Misbah ,

  • salman_0902 on November 28, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @dontlikecricket. Saying Afridi and hafeez playing politics is a very wrong assumption. Not sure about Hafeez but Afridi is one of the most patriotic players, who plays for the team, that's why he gets respect from teammates and supporters. We can criticise his performance but his personality is sincerity is beyond any criticism. His performance in this tournament is at par with the top performers of the team. He won a the Man of the Match award in 2nd T20. The conclusion is you can hate him as much as you can, you can be blind of his performance but he is a reality and we are proud of him.

  • dontlikecricket on November 28, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Very good performance by PAK especially Ajmal and Junaid in the final two overs. It was truly great bowling display. It was good to see Misbah trying different things until the end of the match. I believe Misbah should remain captain for another 18 months to 2 years. New players are still trying to establish their places in the team and it will not be a good idea to burden a relatively new player with captaincy at this stage. Also it will stop so called senior players like Afridi and Haffez playing politics in the team. Anyway I think its time PAK should get rid of these two in order to stop any possibility of infighting. They both are in team just because of their bowling.In PAK there is no shortage of quality spinners and these two underachievers can be easily discarded from the team.

  • Desihungama on November 28, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    From my observations Ajmal did not attack in his second to last over when he went for plenty because I felt they wanted to get wicket close to end of the innings since it's hard for a new batsman to come in and just smack around bowlers in rhythm when 8-9 are required off 6-7 balls and the strategy paid off. We saw SA losing wicket in the penultimate over and their new batsmen never got the feel of the wicket or game. Very well played Pakistan. The stuff of legends. Reminded of days of Akram and Co. holding opponents. Very well chased by SA.

  • on November 29, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Very entertaining series( in UAE) and counter-series( in SA) between a no5 and no6 team...justifying their ICC rankings

  • huhohuhohuho on November 29, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    ffirst asian teams to beat sa in a series on their home soil take that neighours. even if u do beat them u will be second

  • on November 29, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan for winning the first ODI series in SA.They gave SA their own medicine by beating them by 1 run same as in UAE. SA wanted 11 off 12 balls but the great spinner Ajmal gave only 2 runs in the 44th over and Junaid defended the 9 runs last over.I always said Pak on their day never under-estimate them. Now they've 2 middle order all rounders in Bhatti and Ali. Let's see the series against Sri Lanka. Good luck

  • on November 28, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Steyn bowled well but took his last 3 wickets in his last 7 deliveries, when the damage was already done by Shehzad, Akmal and even Bhatti had smashed Steyn for some quick runs before getting out. 6/39 reads too good for his efforts and deservedly wasn't a match winning performance. Junaid on the other hand made sure their batsmen don't whack him like that and displayed the art of yorkers. In UAE, Saffers won 4 tosses, batted first and won all 4 matches. Every time they had to chase, they have lost in the lat 7 odis. In the 5 ODI series earlier this year in SA, a dropped catch of AB by Younis in the final match decided the winner of the series. They are just not the strong ODI side they look on the paper. Only AB is sheer class and a match winner. Everyone else chokes when the going gets tough.

  • SuperSharky on November 28, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    This was a very entertaining match. A good chase from Proteas (brilliant partnership between AB De Villiers and Amla), but it was brilliant play from Pakistan to win the match. The cool head Misbah Ul-Haq really impressed as a captain. Out of all the current international captains, he is among the top with top captain qualities. Misbah is o.k. with reviews, but I wish I could see him go more with his instinct and not get so easily persuaded by his teammates. But he was brilliant and so was Pakistan.

  • on November 28, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Steyn bowled well but took his last 3 wickets in his last 7 deliveries, when the damage was already done by Shehzad, Akmal and even Bhatti had smashed Steyn for some quick runs before getting out. 6/39 reads too good for his efforts and deservedly wasn't a match winning performance. Junaid on the other hand made sure their batsmen don't whack him like that and displayed the art of yorkers. In UAE, Saffers won 4 tosses, batted first and won all 4 matches. Every time they had to chase, they have lost in the lat 7 odis. In the 5 ODI series earlier this year in SA, a dropped catch of AB by Younis in the final match decided the winner of the series. They are just not the strong ODI side they look on the paper. Only AB is sheer class and a match winner. Everyone else chokes when the going gets tough.

  • on November 28, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan, And Misbah ,

  • salman_0902 on November 28, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @dontlikecricket. Saying Afridi and hafeez playing politics is a very wrong assumption. Not sure about Hafeez but Afridi is one of the most patriotic players, who plays for the team, that's why he gets respect from teammates and supporters. We can criticise his performance but his personality is sincerity is beyond any criticism. His performance in this tournament is at par with the top performers of the team. He won a the Man of the Match award in 2nd T20. The conclusion is you can hate him as much as you can, you can be blind of his performance but he is a reality and we are proud of him.

  • dontlikecricket on November 28, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Very good performance by PAK especially Ajmal and Junaid in the final two overs. It was truly great bowling display. It was good to see Misbah trying different things until the end of the match. I believe Misbah should remain captain for another 18 months to 2 years. New players are still trying to establish their places in the team and it will not be a good idea to burden a relatively new player with captaincy at this stage. Also it will stop so called senior players like Afridi and Haffez playing politics in the team. Anyway I think its time PAK should get rid of these two in order to stop any possibility of infighting. They both are in team just because of their bowling.In PAK there is no shortage of quality spinners and these two underachievers can be easily discarded from the team.

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @Ahmed Amla the most overrated batsman?? Are u seriously kidding me. Dude go check his record all around the globe and then dare call him overrated.

  • salman_0902 on November 28, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and South Africa. was a great match to watch. we can call it ODI at its best. where only the best showed what they got. It was not a batsmen friendly pitch or bowlers' dream wicket. You have to show your talent, your experience and your mental strength to be admired by everyone. The only two controversies left a bad taste in the mouth. Thank God it was won by Pakistan otherwise would be a bitter memory. The dismissals of Akmal and Anwar. in the case of Akmal it was clear that the sound came from his right foot which he dragged. It was a long dragging sound not something of a feather nick. Anwar was also unfortunate because he was running straight to the other end it is normal when you are trying to reach the other end the bowler is in front you would like to avoid it. if he had gone the other side of Steyn it would have been a longer distance for him. the decisions didn't play a role in the final outcome of the match so we can forget about it. Good luck to both teams

  • on November 28, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Amla's slow S/R lost it for SA he put too much burden on other batsmen who had to slog to cover for his low SR...............Amla is the most overated batsman ever as he never performs in big matches. WC, tournament finals.

  • ARFB on November 28, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I think the turn around for the team has been the chairman's announcement to make Misbah captain till WC 2015.This has given Misbah a lot of confidence boost & he looked more creative & responsive in the field. Misbah is a good captain but what's burdening him was that he was fighting for his spot in every match.Now after Sethi's announcement he looked like a worldclass captain in this match. He was aggressive & took bold decisions in the field.

  • ZCFOutkast on November 28, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Rare good showing by Steyn in this format. In his 9year ODI career he's only got 4 or more wickets 6 times, but this month he's got 5 wickets twice having got his maiden one over two-and-a-half years ago. Definitely on the up, perhaps a sign of more good things to come. Our tame attack could do with it.

    As for the rest, drop Smith, urge Kallis to retire from LOIs, insist that ABdV bat no lower than 3, and we're halfway towards a solution. Decent returns in the UAE were a blip for Pakistan. They've brought us down to earth only this time, unlike SL, we don't have the excuse that big were missing. With or without them the team is rubbish. Best served by an overhaul and consistency in selection to get the side ready for the WC.

    ODI XI:Amla, Rilee Rossouw, ABdv(c), Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl, de Kock(wk), Albie Morkel, McLaren, Roelof vd Merwe, Steyn, Tsotsobe

    Davids, Morne van Wyk & Ontong are too old. Faf, Miller, Ingram&Farhaan will never win us a game. At least Duminy can roll his arm.

  • on November 28, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    well done green shirts................brilliant bowling by ajmal........jst 2 runs.....and pick up amla...................bating class vs bowling class......................and bowling class win for pakistan................ m looking frwd for india and SA.....wana c how indian batting handel styne gun and compny.........best of luck ........

  • Ramu444 on November 28, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Misbah you are a legend,you are worth your weight in gold you achieved what our other captains with the strongest batting and bowling line ups failed to achieve.any one who is unbiased will agree that this is pakistan's weakest team batting and bowling wise in the history and still what an achievement by the legend Misbah.he came at a time when Pak team was humiliated by Asif,Amir and Butt.he is the one who earned the respect of Pak team back.those people who are criticising Misbah they even don't know the ABC of cricket.he is the best available person for that job at the moment.he should be made captain till WC2015. I think the same team will play the 3rd ODI as there are no other options on the tour,but for SL Nasir and Hafeez should be rested should try new openers,like shahzaib Hassan,sharjeel,Sami aslam etc.

    Well done team Pak"..you made us proud

  • lemonstealer on November 28, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    cricket's a funny game they say,what transpired last night was downright hilarious! To suggest it was pakistan's brilliance that won it is downright silly and you're cheating yourself!with a mere 11 runs needed of 12 balls it was south africa's match to lose and they lost, doing not quite the unthinkable because if there is any team you associate losing such a game with its south africa,incidentally the other ones probably pakistan!irrespective of what his outward demeanour's like,hashim amla displayed temperament of a four year old in the closing stages of the game,he lacked match awareness and two instances in the game are testament to this fact.his job was clearly defined once AB de villiers departed,either take charge and bat with a little more intent or in failing to do so knock it around to the very last ball of the penultimate over and bat literally through the innings,a single of the last ball of the 49th would have been enough for south africa to secure a win in the last over

  • aamir2194 on November 28, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    congrats team pak. junaid khan shows why people asked to play him in ODIs in place of Sohail tanvir. Thank God Misbah and management take good decision to play him all matches. I think he also deserves man of the match. And again sohaib maqsood shows his talent but his shot to get out was not very good in last game too he out in that way. someone tell him not to try big when runs are coming. ajmal and afridi again shows experience is something

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Indians predicting an easy win for SA are being unrealistic. Let's rate Indian and Sn batting and bowling. Indian batting: 10/10 South African batting:8/10 Indian Bowling:4/10 (Even the 4 would have been difficult had it not been for Jadeja and Ashwin) South African bowling:8/10

    Really I think its easy to say it will be a tough competetion but let's not get over our heads by predicting an "EASY win"

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Congratulations, Pakistanis. You tried from almost every angle to gift the match to SA but it was the Country at the end. This went for 45 plus 43 overs, some individual brilliance notwithstanding, but Saeed Ajmal and Junaid, making amends of their own earlier follies, won it in last two overs. THE TEAM HAS GELLED NOW AND MISBAH SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT IN THE THIRD ENCOUNTER. The simplest of lessons learnt is that Do-not-repeat-the-mistakes already committed.

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Why is no one talking about the miserable batting by Amla and Duminy? With 5.92 runs as the asking rate for the last five overs, there was no serious attempt by Amla , either to score more briskly or even to show an urgency in running. DeVillier's splendid effort went totally in vain. Instead of Duminy, he should have sent one of the powerful hitters like Miller or McLaren at that stage. Big tactical blunder by DeVilliers.

  • bouncer709 on November 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @mzm149: LOL, so you think I am from karachi, thats why I support Karachi players, Where did i say Sarfraz Ahmed should play, I want Muhammad Rizwan to be given chance, As concerned hafeez bowling, if i don't appreciate his bowling, but I dont say any thing bad about his bowling, I criticize his batting. and again say he deserve no place as he is playing as a batsmen. but I am sure, Hafeez can not be used as a full time bowler to do 10 overs. Despite of his poor bating if he stick with Opening or one down... it is selfish.. and I criticize him for this selfishness. and most of the time I said Misbah should ask him bat no.7,,, but he don't wan't then kick him out. Asad Shafiq VS Umer Amin, both No century. Asad Shfiq scored 8 fifties in 45 matches means scoring fifty after every 5th match, umer Amin scored 1 fifty in 13 matches. Asad Average 26, Umer Amin 18... Umer Amin average in test 12, Asad Shafiq 39.

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    This game is replica of first ODI in Sharjah between these two sides. Pakistan choked there and South Africa choked here. In the game of cricket any given day and any cricket team can choke. Lets move one. By the way matches between South Africa and Pakistan are real entertainment

  • PrasPunter on November 28, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Congrats Pak !! if there is one team in the subcontinent that provides a lot of excitement, it is Pak. Junaid, you beauty !! What is with Pak and Left-arm Seamers ? Wish Pak goes to the golden era of awesome batters and fearsome fast bowlers. Cricinfo, pls publish.

  • mzm149 on November 28, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    As far as that catch is concerned, there is no need to get emotional or start making personal attacks. I heard in a show and read on a website that is why I wrote. I can quote it for you,

    "The TV broadcasters got it wrong, even Cricinfo's scorecard says Duminy was caught by Anwar Ali even though it was a stunning catch taken by Umar Amin, the substitute fielder..the replays clearly showed it was Umar Amin..just thought it was rather strange and sad that Amin didn't get credit for an absolutely brilliant catch."

    If you want to live in fool's paradise, it's your choice.

    As far as Nasir's selection is concerned, I am not in selection committee and it's not my choice to select him. I have an opinion just like you. The selectors see something in him that is why they are persisting with him. Get a life man.

  • Stark62 on November 28, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    First and foremost can I ask, how did we manage to sneak Amin on to the field?!?! No other player would have taken the Duminy catch barring Shezhad or U. Akmal, hence it was a critical substitution.

    Anyway, Ajmal began waywardly but that penultimate over was sensational, Akmal also played a blinder to help Pak reach 260, Maqsood made sure we weren't 3 down within 30 overs, Afridi broke the crucial partnership and not to forget, the magical last over by Zunaid (Pollock's way of pronouncing his name).

    On the flip side, SA's batsmen can rest easy now because they won't be facing a 140-147kph 7 ft giant, best spinner in the world and great death bowlers against Ind, plus Ind's spin department isn't as good as Pak's either, so they'll do much better in the upcoming series.

    Lastly, Sharjeel Khan just hit 72 off 51 balls, along with a 194 in the recent one day tournament and should replace Jamshed for SL.

  • on November 28, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @jacqueline because pak bowlers didnt let s.africans to get singles so they tried to hit boundaries in pressure. Didnt you saw what happened in the second last over ?

  • mzm149 on November 28, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @bouncer709: As if you don't get pain with the selection of non-Karachi players. You always rate Asad Shafiq better than Umar Amin when both fail in a game even knowing Umar Amin has played less games and Asad Shafiq has never ever played a match winning innings in 50 ODIs and has no century to his name. He averages 17.9 this year and overall averages 26. Even after good bowling performance from Hafeez you never appreciate him and are always in favor of dropping him. You always prefer Sarfraz Ahmed over Umar Akmal when Umar Akmal is performing good job as a wicket keeper and is miles ahead of Sarfraz in batting. Expect to receive similar comments from others when you yourself always post biased ones.

  • stormy16 on November 28, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    What on earth happened there? SA were home for all money and what on earth were Amla and AB doing after doing all but win the game? AB had Pakistan floored and Amla didn't look like he would get out unless he panicked which he did, 3 balls in a row in the 44th over to Ajmal. I think SA found another way to lose a game. For me the man of the match was Junaid. His last over the sensational given he had to defend 9 against two proper batters and he sent down 3 perfect yorkers. He also got the all important early wicket of Smith and the even more important wicket of AB.

  • on November 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    One question, what don't the SA players understand about a run a ball, why try to be a hero and hit it out the ground when its not necessary, how many games have we lost this way???

  • Yuosufahmed on November 28, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Congrat Pak. SL will have a hard time in the coming series.

  • bouncer709 on November 28, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @mzm149: LOL.. extreme of love.... Thanks God you didn't say it was Umer Amin who scored century wearing Ahmed Shahzad's sweater....well I don't need to watch highlights, you are posting here on cricinfo, so don't go far, check the scorecard here. . and be realistic, even if Nasir Jamshed becomes big player as Lara, but scoring one 50 in 30 matches, will not save any place for Lara too in any team. u didn't reply to my question why you feel pain when you see any player from Karachi?

  • aitazaz44 on November 28, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    congrats Pak for such a memorable victory....first of all Thank God for such a impressive victory...it was a collective effort..each player played his job as required...i am going to mention some special name..1-Batting: A superb batting by pak...shehzad was spot on ,maginficient hundred.maqsood,akmal and bhatti also palyed welll..2-BOWLING: bowling was as usual spot on from begining to finishing...in powrplay bowling was out standing specially JK..then afridi played his big role..kalis's wicket was important..devillier played a blinder but luckily we escaped from it means at the end that did not do main damge coz pak won..in last two over match was shifted graetlly due t0 AJMAL N JK ...ajaml showed why he is best and I am amazed by JK ..i have not seen such a fabulous bowling from him in death..3-CAPTAINC: captaincy was at the peak,the bowling changes ,field setting, in power play i was amazed to see field setting for amla...at the end Pak should keep going this momentum..<3 <3 Pak

  • Pavinasen on November 28, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    My simple prediction for the next game(wheather permitting)SA Will fight hard to prevent a white wash,It will be must win game for them to avoid embarassment of a whitewash , This will lwad to their demise

  • lemonstealer on November 28, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    cricket's a funny game they say,what transpired last night was downright hilarious! To suggest it was pakistan's brilliance that won it is downright silly and you're cheating yourself!with a mere 11 runs needed of 12 balls it was south africa's match to lose and they lost, doing not quite the unthinkable because if there is any team you associate losing such a game with its south africa,incidentally the other ones probably pakistan!i dont care what his outward demeanour's like,hashim amla displayed temperament of a four year old in the closing stages of the game,he lacked match awareness and two instances in the game are testament to this fact.his job was clearly defined once AB de villiers departed,either take charge and bat with a little more intent or in failing to do so knock it around to the very last ball of the penultimate over and bat literally through the innings,a single of the last ball of the 49th would have been enough for south africa to secure a win in the last over!

  • humi_cric on November 28, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan for such a fantastic win, we badly need this. AB de Villiers, wow wow wow, what a player he is, while he was at the crease, SA was in total control, our bowling looked v ordinary infront of him (which shows his class). His innings reminds me Great Sir Viv Richards, really enjoyed his power hitting. We should give a farewel to Sohail Tanvir by selecting him for the last match against SA (in place of J.Khan). Supporters should bring some poster saying thanks for serving Pakistan, and every team member should handshake him while bowl the last ball. My playing Eleven for the last match: Asaf Shafiq should open the batting with Ahmed Shehzad, 3. U. Akmal, 4. S. Maqsood, 5. Misbah, 6. Hafeez, 7. BB (Bhatti), 8. AA (Anwar), 9. Afridi, 10. S. Tanvir, 11. S. Ajmal

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    I luv my Team Pakistan u rocked... but i m waiting for ind vs sa ... i want to Dhoni Kohli hitting steyn out the park.. :D

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Pak selectors ruin the talent of the young players by delaying their entry to international arena....... anyone who've seen Anwar rattling the stumps of Indian batsmen in u-19 WC 2006 will easily endorse this fact. He has lost that venom and whip since was not nurtured by management...........

  • Pavinasen on November 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Pakistan returns the favour,remember the ist ODI in the UAE,exactly the same in this game,only difference SA on the receiving end.I guess that both teams will learn to forget and forgive these game,only for SA this is still fresh on their mind.

    My critism of SA is that they have the bowling to defend scores ,but not the batting to chase scores.One might disagree since SA had the no 1 & 2 batsmen in the game and batting together.SA put themselves under too much pressure in must win games,we seen this time & again in cruical games be it the CCT or world cup.This hinders any hope they have of winning a trophy.Why change what works when you could call the shots.SA know their dismal performaves when chasing scores against PAK ,be it medicore scores or a challenging score , you can bet on SA loosing.Why bowl when you win the toss and know your weakness in chasing.

    I have the greatest amount of respect for Kallis,but I believe that its time he & Smith bow out of ODI gracefully

  • ChrisMarx on November 28, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan. They played some good cricket and deserved to win. Also, you could see how much it meant for the players and I (even as a SA supporter) am happy for them finally having some joy again after a lean period where results went against them. The SA selectors in turn have to look at their selections and strategies again. Too much dead wood in the side atm. It is however quite an eye opener to see some of the Pakistani supporter's comments today. All doom and gloom and Pakistan team is this bad and Pakistan players are that poor one day, and now that your team has finally achieved a series win they're world beaters all of a sudden again. Also some pretty petty poor comments by Pakistani fans regarding the SA players and team. Are you guys really such bad winners that you have to sink to that level? One thing is for sure though, India will not be having sleepless nights about their little shortened trip coming up. They are miles ahead of SA at the moment.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Well played. A mircle match. Many people switch off their tv set when AB was tharashing pakistanis. Total turned out match. CONGRATE

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    This article/analysis has been very well written, thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst on my way to work through cricinfo android app.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    SA played like Pak; Oh, Wait SA played like SA - the original chokers

  • Pak_Guru on November 28, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Simply Superb result..... brilliant. Now coming back to some serious issues. Umar Akmal has once again proved he surely belongs to the Akmal family, his keeping was terrible yesterday. Dont remember one ball he collected cleanly of the spinners, missed De kock, did not collect a single ball on the leg side, even dropped de cock or duminy one of them, even the last ball was a four which keeper missed, imagine if 5 were needed it would have been a draw. So Mr. Akmal, please do not repeat this great performance and take wicket keeping for granted. Hope the management makes him realize his mistakes. Jamshed is tata bye bye for you, go back to domestic setup and practice cover drives. Shafiq will be in next match. Bilawal Bhatti looks very comfortable while batting, i know people will laugh at me, but his forward defence and stance reminds me of Tendulkar, guys he surely has to bat before Afridi, who should actually even bat behind Anwer Ali. Bhatti is very impressive, So Razzaq is out.

  • Baundele on November 28, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    The credit goes to SA for losing it. First, they did not score enough in the middle overs, and were in a position of losing it by 40/50 runs. The same strategy lost them the first match as well. Then AB played that tremendous innings, and left the match in a 90-10 situation. The chokers made good use of that 10% chance of losing it.

  • mzm149 on November 28, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    bouncer709: and if I am wrong about the catch, I am sorry and Anwar Ali must be given credit.

  • mzm149 on November 28, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    @bouncer709: I heard on a TV channel in post match discussion about Umar Amin/Anwar Ali catch.

  • Rohit... on November 28, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Dear Amla Fans !!! Don not worry .... Amla will certainly show that he can bat at a SR of 100... The Great Indian Bowlers are coming to deliver soon...

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    gr8 work by pak in sha allah pak win 3rd odi and white wash sa

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan for holding their nerve. All I can say that South Africa are not good "LOOSER" For the second time in one year they claim "Out" abstracting the field that too against Pakistan but the second one is very harsh My only question to SAs is "Where is the Spirit of Cricket". Anwar Ali is not in position to take the game away or a biggest player then why Mr. Styen claim out. It shows his indecent approach towards game because Cricket is the game of gentleman

  • Sir_Ivor on November 28, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    My heartiest congratulations to Pakistan. They won well and truly.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Today Junaid's last over yorkers definitely recalling us Umar gul's depth over yorkers in T20 games !! What happened to him? Anybody knows how is he doing? May he gws!

  • Romanticstud on November 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Did an exercise on Statsguru ... Team results this year from the top 8 teams batting second in ODIs ... INDIA ... best by far 2.5 win loss ratio ... with 10 from 14 batting second ... Bottom of the list is CHOKE AFRICA with 2 from 10 a 0.25 win /loss ratio ... JP DUMINY ... not a CHASER ... a CHOKER ... South Africa need VIRAT KOHLI ...

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    this is what we expected from pakistan....junaid,ahmed shehzad,akmal,bhati,afridi,maqshood,ajmal,all are done the great job as well,especially misbah tactics is turning point of the match....insha allah for the next game,,,

  • iNsiDers on November 28, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, very well done.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    everyone criticizing amla wake up, it was him who made the match, and AB threw it away after giving hope to everyone just like Misbah. Best of luck india. it will be steyn vs ind batting, tahir and tsotsobe will be crying out loud, pakistan makes bowlers and india destroys them. india makes batsmen and pak destroys them. not only for their teams but for opponents too.

  • PPL11 on November 28, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    In All Brilliant Show by Pakistan, Best last over i have seen for a while by J.Khan, Really Awesome !! Good wishes from Indian Fan

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Guess! Who gona win 3rd ODI ;) my guess is Pakistan..inshallah :) !! & yours ?

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Guess! Who gona win 3rd ODI ;) my guess is Pakistan..inshallah :) !! & yours ?

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    willdone PAKISTAN carry on clenswep

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    both team played well i don't know why you people have many questions about amla and other bating line-up? but yeah kock is good to open because smith is not good with bat last cupple of months. but one suggestion for proteas, forget everything and just prepare thereselves for the number one team, although their bowling is not stronger as pakistanies but indian batting is stronger then ever after tendulker, ganguli and dravid. CONGRATULATION TEAM PAKISTAN. and well done ajmal and junaid for last two overs and thanks also to tanvir for not playing last two matches lolx. And misbah please growup now i dont know why u handed bowl to bilawal if he is under pressure? he is a good bowler but not for yesterday.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Fast track bully stop worrying abt no 1 one day team . They know how to win tournaments outside the subcontinent , did u forget what this no 1 odI team did to ur 6th ranked team in champions trophy , ur great bowlers could not even take 5 wickets of the no 1 ODI team and the tiny target set by ur 6th rank team was chased easily. So please enjoy ur 6th rank team series win . U never know whether ur 6th rank team can repeat this in future or not?

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Pakistan shows what there capabilities are. Pakistan outplayed South Africa in Bowling and Batting both to clinch a historical win.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Did anyone note the pathetic umpiring??? Was Anwar Ali really OBSTRUCTING the field??? Did Umar Akmal really Knick Steyn caught behind??? The PCB should atleast take up the matter with ICC regarding these decisions????

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling once again top of the edge. Perhaps best bowling attack, like always.

  • mzm149 on November 28, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    @bouncer709: You must watch highlights carefully. You will get to know who took the catch. It was Umar Amin wearing Anwar Alis's sweater. Learn to give credit where it is due.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    This is the real Pak team. We like to see Sub-continent team to play tough game and won. Recent performance of Pak in UAE was sluggish and sub-standard. Some of the maches they lost in winning position. Keep in mind, now cricket is going to be a world sports with the introduction of IPL and the performance of great players in this region. We have already lost our supremacy in field hockey but we like to see upper hand in cricket. Good luck Pak and IND in SA tour.

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    SA didn't choke. Pakistan snatched victory from SA... give the credit where its due...last 2 overs were simply brilliant from Saeed and Junaid...all those who are cursing SA should stop doing that... Today Pakistan was a better side...end of story...

  • dare2winalways on November 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    5 overs 30 to get with Duminy and Amla at the crease.. Its the stuff at which people can shutdown their TVs... Especially with 11 to get from 2 overs u need to show more intent of scoring atleast 5 or 6...They had wickets in hand which makes chasing as woeful as it was.. Feel sorry for AB and Steyn... I knw ppl might get back at my me but Amla was apparently clueless whether to dab for singles to get to a 100 or do somthing else.. Only when situation got out of hand he tried an ugly sweep against Ajmal.. Good work by Pak all around.. But honestly this one SA deserved to win a touch more...

  • on November 28, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    *****pakistan zindaabad*****

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    I never agreed with the Proteas being labeled as chokers but last night they were real "chokers" scared rabbits staring into the headlights. Graeme Smith looks absolutely bored, shame on Amla playing for his personal stats. Robin Jackman and some other commentators reserve those adjectives until after the match.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    love you men in green. Team work paid off yesterday.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    First of all espncricinfo needs to disclaim here that this 'closest margin wins by runs' section does not include D/L method wins: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283920.html

    @Fast_Track_Bully Do u seriously believe in the ranking system? I do not because the competition is so close that one win makes u climb two ladders and a loss next day could drop u by 4.Teams play 25 matches in their own yard to top up the ranking, and get exposed in alien conditions. I don't think its gonna be cakewalk for India. Their batting and the S.african bowling are evenly matched but their bowling is really weak.

  • NXT_Gen on November 28, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    I really feel pity for SA! I think they have the 2nd best domestic circuit after AUS. But still they are struggling bring the best quality batsmen who can intimidate the opposition. I just see they are more concern about Tests and bringing better Pace bowlers and losing the opportunities to find better batsmen for shorter versions. Actually SA is the only team that i can remember that keep the same structure/batting plan for many years, perhaps from the day i started watching cricket in 1995s. Very slow openers and again No.3, No.4 No.5 to consolidate and a hitter then bowling all rounders. Please get rid of it. It's not going to work anymore. You can't win matches with bowling everytime. Invest on young talents like Reeza Hendricks, Stiaan Van Zyl and Rossouw and Levi. Give them more chances in ODIs and T20s. De Cock is a talented opener why playing him at No.3?? Amla,Duminy,Mclaren won't win you T20s matches for sure.. Play with attacking mindset everytime, you will win more SA!

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Me and my Wife Turned off the TV set while AB and Hamla were playing and 40 Runs to get in 41 Balls. After 15 Mins just came into the mind to see the score and the equation was changed drastically. What a shame. SA handed over the Match to the Pakistanis. I am a huge fan of the Proteas and always defend them when they have been called the Chokers; but on every critical situation this team is proving me wrong. Are they really Chokers? This is a Billion Dollar question now...On the Other hand, Hats off to Junaid...Amazing Bowling and saved 9 runs in the final over that also against the "Miller the Killer" and the talented McLaren.... Proteas need to improve their performance....This is absolutely not acceptable from the Top class Team.Not at all expectable.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Hi feel very strange senseless guys commenting on Amla's batting style.

    Amla played a gem of a knock!Score came run a ball... Duminy and Amla were steering very beautifully until that Saeed's trumendous 4 dot ball over... that turned the game, and amla seeing the runs failed to came, tried to hit a shot not in his books, and lost the match....

    Miller well,,, Juni's yorkers reminded us all how Gul and W's use to ball...

    and btw where is Gul? He was injured long time back.... Is he coming back for Sirilanka? Who will Be replaced?

    As far as Wicket Keeping Goes... we do need a keeper for GOD SAKE! Umar Akmal is not doing the job! The last ball should not have been a four,,,also not when duminy improvised to Junaid at 43rd over.

    Get back Kamran Akmal... Drop Umar Amin/Asad as a experiment.

    And frankly, LALA (afridi) was magical with ball in all t20's and ODI with lowest economies... this is not his genre to save runs, but he did.... Good to see Misbha trusting him with major role.

  • sameesafee on November 28, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Congratulations! Pakistan Cricket Team for their thrilling and timely series victory against a team which was very difficult to beat on their home turf. I am still not entirely happy with the batting as some talented young players threw their wickets off. Anyways its a great team work hope this great work continues against srilanka. WELL DONE MEN IN GREEN.

  • Romanticstud on November 28, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    DROP JP DUMINY ... He clearly is not fit to play in anything less than a test match ... 36 off 40 should be reached 10 times out of 10 unless you have 9 wickets down ... Someone needed to take risks after AB was out ... Why not send in Miller and McLaren earlier rather than later ... and leave JP out ...

  • HRK118 on November 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Its all about intelligent cricket, and not about being bold or talented. For instance, if Sohail Tanvir was there bowling the last over instead of Junaid, Pakistan would probably have lost. Similarly if Pakistan were batting and needed 9 runs in the last over with Afridi batting, they would certainly have lost. The difference in the ability of most top teams is marginal, so the difference between winning and losing lies in their minds and not their muscles.

  • hotcric01 on November 28, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Although most of pakistan fans want to Hafeez out of the team,He will be one of highest scorers in upcoming series with SL.Because he is comfortable against spin and he won't have to face express pace and bounce much.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    even though pakistan won this match, misbah did lots of mistakes. 1. ajmal bowled only 8 overs (1 over short). 2. misbah not used ajmal in middle overs where amla and de villiers was batting well. 3. too many overs bowled by ajmal in end of the inning

  • Aus2013 on November 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    I am just wndrg how come ppl r saying that Hashim is the world no 1 batsmen...No doubt that AB is the world class batsmen..but not Amla..Age might have cost for the legend Sir Jacques kallis..but no doubt that he is a wondrful player n any sorts of formats...He used to play really agrssively in his earlier age and hlpd his team to cross the line easily..in the mid age also he has the ability to atleast rotate the strike and take some risk when ever is reqd by costing his own wkt and will let d othr btsm to get some time and play..The real prblm 4 SA is all the 3 plyrs r trying to occupy @ the crease without taking any risks..The 3 plys r Ashim,JPand Kallis..As i said earlier Kallis is excptnl as he had alrdy prvn that he is a lgndy wrld clz btsm by hlpg his nation to cross d line agnst any tym when evr is reqd...SA r trbly missng d srvcs of agrszv btsms like Albie, Gibs,Faf and Miller.by not either giving thm d chnz or by ruining thr potntl by sndng thm @ d last & ask thm 2 go srt awy.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    If only junaid khan can teach our indian bowlers how to bowl yorkers. What bowling in last over.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @fast_track lol No.1 odi side got no ajmal or junaid but got a full company of ishants at death.

  • Harmony111 on November 28, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    ***ALL PAK FANS***

    We are happy to see Pak winning. You needed this for the game's sake. It also sets SA up nicely for India.

    Ajmal bowled a bad over to ABD but came back well to win it along with Junaid who bowled a superb final over. Shehzad batted superbly. Afridi took crucial wickets, Akmal played a very timely knock too. He is as talented as Kohli but has fallen back a bit due to loss of focus, let's hope he gets his mojo back.

    Congrats to Pak for this ODI & series win.

    Reg SA:

    A poor knock by Amla today. He is one my fav cricketers but today he disappointed many of us. SA needed to score at ~6 RPO but Amla scored at SR of 74.

    ABD played extremely well but failed to see it through. He is fantastic but doesn't have the ability of Ind batsmen to seal chases. Today he failed to clear a small square boundary, what will he do in a larger stadium?

    Kallis, as usual, failed to play a decent knock when the situation was stiff.

    Result? SA CHOKED again.

  • Ab_marri on November 28, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Hey all proteas supporters..... iam a huge proteas fan since 1992 world cup... every body syaing always we are chokers but i dont mind this tag..we are pure proteas and will be forever. a few words for David Miller he is a real talent but isnt a gud finisher so give this role Mr Richard Levi he desrves a chance also in ODI cricket..Richard will be a mine good choice..Best of luck proteas against upcoming series against India..Proudly proteas here..De villiers always have a class..Love my Boss De Villiers.

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    i think team management should give jamsheed confidence advised that your r a part of pakistan cricket team and you should go to domestic cricket and find some form then come back strongly

  • on November 28, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    This series proves again that if you want to beat Australia or South Africa in their soil, you must have fast bowling alrounders.

  • Aus2013 on November 28, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    A selfish game from Amla cost the match and an unselfish game from AB would have won the match easily...Chasing a target of 260+ n 45 overs @ d reqd run rate of More than run a ball per overs....Have a look @ the Amla innings of 98(138 balls) @ d SR off 75..which shows pretty clear that he is intention is only to hang on n d crease without taking any risks to cross the line for his nation..In SA fences are not too far..with short boundaries itself he is struggling to get the boundaries when the RR is high...Batting consistency is not important rthr than tryg to up your SR by hitting the boundaries with some risk when ever is reqd...I am sory to say that AB Is a pretty good player..no doubt about that..He is a strong & dominant player who has the abiliity to take the game away 4m any opnts within a short period of time....but a tereble captain..Dfrnz btwn captn & gd captn. Hanz crnj usd lanz klsnr as a top ordr btsm...why AB s nt usng Miller @ d top as d way Ausz usd his ptntl n d IPL..

  • fayyaz03 on November 28, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: Just to remind you dear that this no.6th ranked side has beaten no.1 side at their backyard last year. Even losing this series against pakistan, I believe S.Africa will beat India. The fact is South Africa have the bowling attack with which they can dismantle India's batting like they are constantly doing against Pakistan. They ended on the losing side only because of some great bowling efforts by Pakistan. Just think that do india have such bowlers to dismiss Hashim Amla, AB Devilliers and others cheaply? I dont think so.

  • Poholiyadda on November 28, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    King Kallis is now failing more often than scoring. Carrying the burden of Kallis is letting South Africa down and it was clearly evident yesterday with the series loss to Pakistan whom they have beaten in not so familiar conditions in UAE, 4-1 very recently.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    If I were to be more specific, Duminy choked and not the whole team. Hes more of a Fawad Alam that we carried around. He could never win a game for Pakistan and we got rid of him before he brought the 'C' home. No player in the world can score 9 of the yorkers Junaid smeared in. Junaids over reminded me of the yorkers Gull bowled in the pen ultimate over of the T20 semi final SA lost to Pakistan. Very Very hard to get away.

  • pakfanfromnepal on November 28, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    This is evident that young talents can have big impact so.... For SL tour PAK need to give chance to new talent from domestic circuit. It's time to rest MISBAH, AFRIDI, AJMAL, M IRFAN and Drop HAFEEZ, TANVIR, AMIN & JAMSADE. Players like Forwad Alam, Shreejal Khan, Haris Sohil, Sami Aslam and Hamad Azam should be given chances (To improve bench strength) as far as batting is concerned and for bowling J. Babar, Raza Hasan, U Gul, Adil should be selected. My ODI and T20 team for SL tour would be: 1. S. Khan/ S. Aslam, 2. A. Shazhad, 3. S. Maqsood, 4. F. Alam, 5. H. Sohil, 6. U. Akmal, 7. H. Azam, 8. B. Bhatti/A. Ali, 9. U. Gul/ J. Khan, 10. R.Hasan, 11. J. Babar 5 Specialist batsmen, 1 WK Batsman, 2 Bowing All-rounder and 3 Specialist bowlers (Perfect team combination) A Shazhad or H Azam can be groomed as caption or may be S. Maqsood.

    I may be wrong but its a right time PAk selectors... Be Brave and select those who deserves more chances......

  • bouncer709 on November 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @mzm149: Where did Umer Amin took a catch? What catch you are talking about?... Dont't be fool, Duminy catch was taken by Anwar Ali, to whom you call joker, and this is your love to Umer Amin, that you see any good catch, you feel it is taken by Umer Amin.....So you admit Anwar Ali took excellent catch in crunch time?

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    South africa careless about their ODI cricket,Their domestic Structure n playing attitude had to be criticised if u see their domestic cards one team score 300 odd 1day suddenly the nxt they allout for 50 odd Domestic coaches has to say to their players to play consistent cricket not to play hit or out cricket As a s.african fan i really dissappointed,nevertheless excellent batting n depth bowing by Pakistan And great peice of writing by firdose,

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 28, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. Based on these performances against a no:6 ranked team, I just wonder how SA going to stand against no:1 ODI team!

  • getsetgopk on November 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    A truly classic game of cricket this was. I think cricket is a winner in this case, with all the politicizing and bad blood coming in the way of cricket between IND and SA, this series and this match has proved that good cricket only needs two equally talented teams, nothing else. Im sure this game was much enjoyed by not just SA and Pak fans but by others around the world.

    Great to see the young lads in Junaid, Shehzad and Bhatti carrying Pak accross the line. Its a mighty big task to restrict a batting unit that includes Amla, ABD and Kallis, that too inside their fortress! I would put Pak's bowling unit above SA's, they've steyn but he's only one fifth of the bowling attack, the rest just dont have that bite whereas Pak's attack alot more versatile. Spin bowling has become our forte lately but our pacers are right up there. Of course the same can be said about SA's batting in comparison with Pak's, SA's batting is stronger and thats why we witnessed one fablulous game of cricket.

  • Sandt on November 28, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Don't understand people attitude towards Misbah. Why criticize him. He had done a good job for Pak team with the team he has got.How can he become aggressive when the players in the team is divided. You can see while Pak is fielding players are unhappy with each other always and shouting with each other. Misbah keeps a calm face that is why atleast Pak is doing well now. If Pak team shows more team work they will be a real threat to all other teams in any condition. Always Pak strength is its bowling especially fast bowlers.Ajmal alone cannot win matches.Junaud is a good prospect for Pak and bowling really well.It was a nice victory for Pak.

  • OverDcovers on November 28, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan & Misbah! Now we have to take a decision to throw out Hafeez once and for all, as his career seems to be appraoching an ill fated 'Steyn-ed' end! A player who starts fearing pace & swing and ecides to push himself down the order should be dropped....Hafeez brings double pressure on the team as we already have a vulnerable opening pair followed by this mediocre the team comes under double pressure. He has not done much for the country in the 10 years that he has played for Pakistan instead we would have found a better player like Shan Masood or Shoib Maqsood and even Taufeeq Umer if was given as many chances would have been an asset by now. So Mr. Sethi! Get rid of Hafeez immediately!

  • Hummingbird0 on November 28, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    SA chocked again? Well, they were better off with kallis not playing. Once King came back they lost the series that too against mediocre pakistan.

  • SOLYPK on November 28, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Well again Soly from Pakistan, Its not amaizing to see south africa lost after good position. In Pakistan, everyone say South African team is a "Chokker" Team. I think South Africa have not any good finisher, only AB Devillers.

    30 needed in 30 balls, but south africa lost. It's mourning day for me today. But I love to support south africa and will be supported to south africa.

  • Sachit1979 on November 28, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Great sigh of relief for captain Misbah. His composure and determination paid off at last and he got an achievement to silent his critics. Just inclusion of 2 promising bowling all rounders who could dare to bat with responsibility down the order has changed the fate for Pakistan. Welcome Bilawal and Anwar. But serious problems are still there to be rectified. Jamshed and Hafeez are not fit for the top order. Hafeez needs to move down to number 6 and Jamshed needs rest with inclusion someone who could bat. Umar Akmal, I have serious doubts about his position in the team as wicket keeper. I did not see complete match yesterday but whenever I was seeing, I found Umar leaking a boundary due to lack of his keeping skills. You can't afford your keeper to leak boundaries, drop catches, miss stumping chances and fumble while collecting throws coming from the deep. Even one such error could cost you the match and normally he does multiple. Pak team management needs to seriously think about it.

  • Mohammad_Yasa on November 28, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    After this, I don't think I'll cheer for South Africa. They have the best bowling attack, world's top batsmen, Hashim Amla and De Villiers, World's top allrounder, Jaques Kallis and a good finisher David Miller (who recently failed), but still they lost it. This was their best chance to win. 36 required of 38 balls with four wickets remaining??? Hats off to Janaid Khan, the current best death bowler.

  • NXT_Gen on November 28, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Dear SA! you guys are noway near the standard of AUS that ruled late 2000s. I'm saying this because, i can remember they had used almost 30 international players in between 2-3 years in ROTATION POLICY and won everything including TEST, C.T and WC. Can Russel Domingo point out which is their BEST XI for ODI before going for rotation and all that. Don't break the rhythm of a team when WC just around the corner. Let the BEST squad sync at least. It's becoming ridiculous atm. Seriously, i can't see all the series are lost at home against NZ and PAK(Teams that are below in rankings). Then how you can plan a series of 7 between IND?? Btw, PAK bowling is exceptional i have to say. But Bilawal and Ali were on debut and bowled really well. But in home conditions what SA done barring Steyn?? Time to think deep. One thing for sure, SA never going to Handle the pressure in years to come. Even, No.10 team will win a ICC trophy one day. But SA won't.. Really really disappointed as a SA fan!

  • fearless69 on November 28, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Well played pakistan.. Good luck for future.. from india

  • Tornado1 on November 28, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Just like Junaid is the best left armer around, Firdose, you are the best cricket writer among the current lot. God bless you

  • Tornado1 on November 28, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Junaid Khan has a better strike rate than Wasim and Amir,still don't know why he isn't regarded as one of the best, if not the best current left armer around. He proved it once again but i know in next series, some mediocre like Wahab Riaz would be playing in his place :)

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    @ankarao ittadi.... u don't have any idea abt the cricket, so do not make any comments abt cricket... if hashim amla could not score 98 SA might bowled out for just 200 run... and at last over there were two big hitter btsmn miller n McLaren on the field... so all abt good bowling frm junaid khan....

  • tanmaymore87 on November 28, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Indian fan here...what a finish...Congrats to Pakistan...when South African required 9 off 9 balls with 6 wickets in hand, i told my dad that Pakistan will win this game and thats what happened in next 5 minutes...Amla played 2 dot balls off Ajmal & under pressure threw away his wicket & the match was Pakistan's...the Proteas team management made a mistake by not sending Miller after AB de Villiers's dismissal...great win & first Asian team to win a ODI series in South Africa...i hope the young Team India being the number 1 team & World Champions do well in the upcoming 3 match ODI series there...New Zealand had defeated South Africa last year to win first ODI series in South Africa, England had done that in 2009, Australia has done it many times over now India has a great chance to create history...

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Junaid really showed character. This is what Pakistan was lacking in previous series. He should mentor Mr. Professor for his absolute humiliation by Steyn.

  • Khan_Naveed on November 28, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Over all it was good to see a complete cricketing match! Ahmad's talent.. Amla's class.. AB's blitz .. Ajmal's doosra & then junaid's Yorker :))! I hope Pakistan complete whitewash & create another history inshallah .. Ameen!

  • harshthakor on November 28, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    This series proves the Proteas vulnerability in run chases.In the Sharjah edition they won all of their 4 games batting first.It is arguable that had the Springboks batted 2nd in all the matches in Sharjah the result there may well have gone in favour of Pakistan.Personally I feel had South Africa batted first they may have won both the games in the current home series.

    The Proteas have to devise a tactical plan on how to tackle the closing stages in run chases in one day games.The coach has to play an important role.

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    master of depth bowling

  • sandysir on November 28, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Pakistan team is Trend setter, What a Joke!when was the last time pak won abroad odi series.Everybody knows SA is chokker in big matches.as you wrote pak indiavidual test match won in england & aus but our team whitewashed.your memory is very weak.we won six consecutive odi series 2 times.including 3 odi series was played in abroad.when we were whitewashed our senior players were not played well. so took responsiblity and retired.now our youngsters are performing well.

  • harshthakor on November 28, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    In this game South Africa proved their weakness in chasing down targets at the death knell.Infact since it's inception into International cricket South Africa displayed a tendency in capitulating in the closing stages from wining positions in a run chase in one day Internationals.The same features of Hanse Cronje's team of 1996-200- have been displayed by this Proteas team.

    South Africa is a significantly better team batting first than chasing in O.D.I's.This series superbly illustrates how form in the one day format literally turn sovernight.Pakistan were comprehensively beaten in Sharjah 4-1 just a week ago and have reversed the result in South Africa's very soil beating them 2-0.Arguably never in the history of the one day game has there been an era when there is such a constant flux in the form of teams.

    Congrats to Pakistan for their historic series win where they displayed their great do-or-die spirit.No doubt they are a bunch of very talented players.

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    It was more a psychological defeat for South African players who were left to bat after AB and Amla. They were mentally not prepared to chase 11 of 12 balls. Wonderful performances from both Ajmal and Junaid, in fact Junaid was hurt badly on his shin in his second last over, but he delivered on spot. Congratulations Pakistan for winning first ODI Series against South Africa in 25 years and made it more memorable when they were playing their 500th ODI.

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    good luck green and white

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Cant believe it.SA snatches DEFEAT from the jaws of VICTORY.How long will the 'C' word be with them.It is so disappointing to see SA play like that.Having said that great bowling from AJMAL in the penultimate over & JUNAID in the final over.

  • on November 28, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    The Chokers - a very well deserved title for the South Africans and one that they have taken pains to foster over the years.

  • Cricketer110 on November 28, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, this time pakistan batsmen done a good job but bowler struggle but they comback.

  • on November 28, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Nail biting stuff... Nearly had a car crash becos checking score!!! Haha... Pakistan zindabad... It goes to show the grittiness of pakistan... When theyr focused and want something they fight for it... Like today... Well done... And AB love u mate... Brutal innings. U took it away from us... Last thing.. Since aju has changed his hairstyle he has become less dangerous loll

  • Saif-Ali on November 28, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Pakistan faught very well once it seems that south africa will win the match very easy when devillior was in the crease but after getting out devillior my hopes once again awaken bcoz i knew that junaid & ajmal will be cricual in last overs when sa needed 21 frm 21 balls nd they had six wickets in hand then my brother said to me still u're hoping i said yeah of course then he smiled nd said nw pak can't win this match but when sa needed 9 runs in junaid over but unfortunately lights went off then i immediately opened ptv sports in my mobile through internet nd watched that crucial over through mobile with my family nd when pak won then my brother said realy cricket is by chance we should n0t predict in cricket match till the last ball congrats to all pak cricket fans im very very happy for this win may Allah bless all

  • on November 28, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan team from an Indian fan. Awesome death bowling by Junaid.

  • birdz_eye on November 28, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    It seems that young guns of Pakistan have had enough of being defensive & feared. They have hit bottom now its time to bounce back hard. Be aggressive & fearless to hit the world's best bowling attack out of the park. And that of course by using head not the muscle. As for portease, you choked again!!!

  • uzair_i on November 28, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Well played Pakistan.. I genuinely feel having Kallis back after such a long break in ODI has disrupted the SA batting order.. No disrespect to the legend. But having DeKock opening the innings with Amla and having Kallis at 3 and AB at 4 will suit the team better, As Du Plessis will be back for the next series.. Series against the Indians will be interesting.. As far as Pakistan series against Srilanka goes, Pakistani batsmen need to adjust and fast, has to be a make or break series for likes of Hafeez and Jamshed.. Srilankans have some decent wicket to wicket accurate bowlers... Looking forward to some great cricket ahead..

  • on November 28, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Congratulation pakistan Team

  • Albert_cambell on November 28, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Congratz to pakistan for winning the 1st series against proteas and becoming the 1st subcontinent team to win an ODI series in SA. You guys are proved it once again on why you are the best team in the Sub continent. Our team selection is the reason why we lost the ODI series. Smith should have been dropped from the ODI team a long time ago. He is very inconsistent in ODIs in these days. And De Kock was starting to do well as an opener. Why did our selectors changed everything? As a true protea fan I am very disappointed with this series loss.

  • on November 28, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Its amazing how luck follows the momentum. When Pakistan was on a losing streak, everything was going against them. Today since the momentum was on their side, so was luck. I guess you make your own luck. Regarding team selection, Nasir has to go. He has been given way too many chances. Hafeez is not sent to open to protect him against Steyn. However with Nasir opening, Hafeez is exposed to Steyn almost right away.

  • on November 28, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Kudos to Team Pakistan in today's winning against South Africa. Specially Junaid's fine spell and cool headed captaincy by Misab, He never looses his cool on field and shows full respect towards his team, something Afridi can learn from him.

  • on November 28, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Hafeez is real problem for pak team he put team under pressure,once again become Steyn victim,and lost drs chance.well done to Ahmed for his great inning and Junaid for bowling.Pakistan need to find good opener partner for Ahmed.Also well done Umer akmal good inning and wicket keeping .

  • on November 28, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    What a Game Just what a Game

    very proud to be a Pakistani support But Ab's Innings was amazing

    Ahmed Shezhad played a cracking Innings and Pakistan have found two decent lower order players in Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali especially Bhatti

  • proteasfire on November 28, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Absolute choke by SA once again. Any team would have crossed the line needing 36 to win of 40 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Only South Africa can lose the match from these situations. JP Duminy's 18 balls 15 literally negated all the hard work by AB and Amla upfront. Again SA didnt promote Miller up the order and they are wasting a serious talent at #7. JP has never been a finisher and he wasted lot of balls to add pressure on SA and eventually losing the series. Graeme Smith is totally useless in ODIs and SA keeping him for experience is simply unimaginable. DeKock and Amla can open and Faf should come back for one down. Miller should be promoted up the order and SA need more attacking strategies to win games. Their prototype simply isnt working well. Lot of thinking to do!!

  • on November 28, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Good win for pakistan... but SAF should have won easily... devilliers tried one too many shots and amla just got stuck.. wonderful bowling by junaid. It shows that if you get your basics right eg. Top order make runs, catches held and great death bowling you can even beat a team like SA at their home. Congratulations pak team for winning the series... now hope INDIA do well in SA too... :)

  • hotcric01 on November 28, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I was always supporting Pakistan in this series.So congratulations to them for winning a tight game.Junaid is a real genuine pace bowler who can bowl very well at the death.young batsmen's efforts were brilliant. If Pakistan can sort out their batting problems and improve fielding they will be a unbeatable side.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on November 28, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan! Fans must be really happy to see a first series victory after 5 consecutive series defeats including the series lost at home. You have really showed the way to bowl even when club level batsman fail to score runs repeatedly in every series. You really fought well unlike Lankans who were bundled out for 36 against South Africans. Well Saffers! if you allow pakistan batsman to score 250+ in odi's than you will really have to chase 350+ against the rockstar team india batting line up.

  • ameen786 on November 28, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan team its a great victory as a Asian Team winning the series is not easy in South Africa. The same team lost in UAE people were talking to sack coach n captain why?? Misbah took the captaincy when the team was hit badly with lot of scandals and controversy he is by far best captain after Imran Khan. Whatmore is a great coach but the PCB Politics will send him i still think we should keep same coach until world cup 2015. keep the same punch of players and also give chance for younger players. Junaid khan bowling was Great it remind me of Wasim Akram Yorkers of 90. Well Played Pakistan i wish them to make 3-0

  • kingspakistan on November 27, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    @gsingh7: With all due and undue respect, to win against south africa you need genuine pacers which you dont have.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 27, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Very sad SA cricket team lost series at home to Poor PAK cricket team...ssssssssss .,Why is SMITH. Still there ? Please make the way for someone , And KALLIS ,I don't think he is batter option for WC 2015 any more. So sad.

  • on November 27, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan, great team effort. Good luck for 3rd ODI

  • on November 27, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    It was really an entertaining game of cricket; fun at its peak. Really a sea-saw game in the last overs but the Pak team kept their nerves in control to go though the line. Brilliant last 6 overs from Ajmal and Junaid. It reminded me the 1993 matches when Waqar and Wasim clinched those two matches in the final overs. Credit must be given to the winners. But Develiers is equally responsible for it. I don't know what he was trying to do or show to the people. He simply threw it away once he got control of the match. You need to be sensible to win matches not to be over aggressive or over confident; other wise you will be dusted in your own confidence. Although he escaped Afridi's overs to get out but at the end gave him a catch to maintain that love affair with him....

  • on November 27, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    I think announcement by PCB to continue Misbah as a skipper till 2015 is the best PCB has done.This gave a strong message to some players who were trying to put down Misbah. We have seen team unity after a long time. Second good thing in this ODI series is the introduction of new players and their strong performance. If this trend continue then we will get good Opners also. We should try for replacement of Afridi and Ajmal otherwise we will suffer after 2015. Victory against SA is on their ground is good sign. We should try to win series against SriLanka. We should also work on our ground fielding and running between wickets.

  • NUsman on November 27, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    The Only Thing Pakistani fans are looking now is CLEAN SWEEP Hope we can do that.. . .

  • Morfi on November 27, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Once again, a brilliant team effort, with Shehzad, Junaid, and Ajmal shining for Pakistan. Contribution from Afridi in bowling and Akmal in batting. But what we must give credit to before anything else is how the team maintained their resolve, will to win and calmness under pressure after dVillier's onslaught in the power play. For that, the credit must be given to the captain, Misbah u l Haq who has led the team brilliantly in this series. Excellent play skipper, and brilliant response from the team.

    The only weak link right now is HAfeez's batting - Id say he shd come at no. 6 after Mqsood, Misbah and Akmal - in that order.

  • Rupkumar on November 27, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    @Omar-Briganto get your facts right.. india drew series with england in 2002 , won the series in england in 2007, drew the series in autralia in 2004, almost drew the series in au again in 2008, won a test in SA in 2006 , drew the series in SA in 2010 ( almost won if not for bad bowling). won the WC in 2011 beating all big teams in the WC

  • samincolumbia on November 27, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Pak Vs SA games are always about who will choke more and which team will choke less. In UAE, Pakistan choked more. In SA, they choked less. Winning by one run and all the Pak fans are making fun of India. Such a pity!

  • haq33 on November 27, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Hmmm.....let's be honest, could have gone either way... Abd's knock was more amazing than all of our bowlers performances combined....That said, questions must be asked of Amla and Duminy who have genuine problems closing out matches in pressure situations. Smith is dead weight, just like Hafeez for Pak. Pak poor discipline and bizarre ability to panic almost (and should have) cost us the match.

  • Xandier on November 27, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Well deserved victory! and what a brute of a last over by khan!!! After a long long time, have seen such unity and passion in the whole unit! But we shouldn't be overwhelmed with this success, because this is just the first step towards a bigger cause! And We Have Just Started!!!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Woww what a fantastic win by Pak. For a team that hasn't played at home for years, this is nothing short of fabulous - and that too becoming the only asian team to beat SA in SA. Whao!!

    Secondly, am I the only only one who thinks there is something seriously wrong with the ICC rankings??

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Congrats pakistan! Series win in sa is special. I hope pak can work out some changes in the final match. Pak X1 for 3rd odi.

    Maqsood- Shehzad- Afridi- U akmal- Amin - misbah - asad- bhatti- anwar- ajamal- junaid! Give afridi a chance at nr 3. U need player with good strike rate one down. Umar akmal needs some time in middle. Hafeez and jamshaid need rest. Finger crossed for whitewash inn sha allah. Proud to be a Pakistani. Ps! Really want Dhoni and boys to win as well cuz they are awesome batting unit and i enjoy there game.

  • Square-Driver15 on November 27, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Like I said in the previous ODI win, Shehzad, Maqsood, Akmal and Jamshed all have real talent, they just needed to use their temperament to impose themselves, and today, 3 of those 4 names went ahead and put up Pakistan's first 250+ total in a while, with good temperament. First was Shehzad, who finally converted his starts into a ton by not forcing boundaries, but taking sensible singles, and easing into shots when they were offered. Maqsood again played a good hand, consolidating well, and not forcing any boundaries, other than the shot which got him out, played according to the situation, and once he learns the mindset needed to build an innings in the next matches, he too will make big scores. Akmal as well did what was required and played fearless proper cricket shots instead of being reckless, showing signs of a finisher. Jamshed is the one who raises concern, hopefully he gets some inspiration like rohit sharma did, and return to being the run-machine he was last year. Great Win

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    my analysis after looking at the scorecard shehzad is developing as an opener and todays innings was mature jamshed needs a rest, indeed he is the only batman who scored 2 centuries this year for pakistan out of 4 scored by the whole team, (the other 2 are by hafeez against zim and shehzad today.) but jamshed needs a rest for about 6 months until he settles. unluckily he will miss Wt20i but maybe pak might find someone better. still if he finds his form I would want him in test matches. hafeez... well he needs to find a way to not get out. he showed he can bat in the t20s but odi I feel he needs to find his technique right. as a bowler he has done a great job. maqsood let him play the way he wants and never ever let the new players bat with misbah... I dont know what misbah tells them but after watching the uae series and this series I found out that only mature batsmen can play with misbah nd build a partnership. new boys should not play under his influence. not enough characters

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    welldone pakistan+ v well done junaid khan for da brutal last ocer

  • Unmesh_cric on November 27, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    From an Indian fan..congratulations to Pakistan! Pak bowling is always good, but today batting and fielding also backed it up. How South Africa lost it with 11 needed from 12 balls is another story! This means the 'C word' will keep haunting them. This will definitely help India in the upcoming series :-)

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Well done Pakistan although we almost lost the match, thanks to defensive captaincy by Misbah. He took it for granted, a score of 262 was a winning score. He did not realise the placid nature of this wicket , as there was little help for bowlers particularly fast bowlers and even for Pak. spinners. Very few wickets fell to good balls. In early/ middle overs the mind set of SA players was defensive, scoring easy singles, saving wickets , Misbah made it easy for them with well spread field placing. Even if he had brought fielders in, It would have been too risky for SA to take a aerial route, with a big target. He made no effort to pressurise SA to take chances but set a field which made it easy for SA to achieve their objective, to save wickets. In fact Pak were lucky to win this match , a gift from SA and wonderful over no 44 and 45.

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Feel very happy for the much-maligned Misbah-Ul-Haq. Am an Indian fan who longs and pines for the return of the brilliant but unlucky Mohammed Amer

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    PAKISTAN continued with their surprising one-day series over hosts South Africa after their second successive win on Wednesday at Port Elizabeth. With one game left, the tourists no doubt will be brimming with confidence now to make a clean-sweep. They have displayed great zeal and determination since the commencement of the series after their 23-run triumph in the opening encounter. Their previous tour to this South African country was pathetic but on this occasion they have been performing admirably so far. It shows they can bank on their players to make an impact on foreign soil.....let see if South Africa can rebound to shave off an embarrassment, particularly at home..

  • bouncer1021 on November 27, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    this team is picking up some fighting spirit from Moin. Moin and Wasim were about never die or be timid. Pak team has been loaded with timid players but now its refreshing to see some fearless yound players emerging. I am glad to see Shoib Malik, Imran Farhat, and others gone to give new guys a chance. Let's figure out how to get rid of Hafeez (as a batsman) and fix Nasir Jamshed's issues. With Gul and Irfan coming back, this side will emerge very strong.

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    What a great performance by Pakistan Mashallah. Outstanding batting performance by Ahmed Shehzad at the top then a little gem of an innings from Akmal. I must also like to highlight the fact that umpiring was very ordinary - couple of wides not given at this level - Plus that controversial run out given to Anwar Ali, and Akmal's dismissal was no where near his bat - perhaps would have easily been wide. What a great bowling display by Junaid - perfect length to bowl at the start of the innings, and great yorkers towards the end. I am very hopeful if one or two batters perform in the 3rd match - we can easily have a clean sweep. I must admit Daren Styen bowled beautiful. Go Pakistan -

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    well done. No doubt, but my concerns are towards the seniors player's. We've seen the young blood...so the old lions must take a holiday

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    A real game of nerves.. AT the End.. The victories were the side who needed it the most. Yes Pakistan.. After being bombarded with the negativity of critics and fans around the world for what happened at UAE, they finally managed to escape the pit of death. Well Done Shaheens... You have proved them wrong again.. Misbah's tears showed the world how keen he was for this victory.. Fantastic innings by Shahzad and not to forget Junaid who made it happen for Pakistan. A match the ended well and will be remembered by many for long..

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    here is pakistan;s latest overseas tour results against different countries in ODI

    beat newzealand in newzealand 3-2 in 2011 beat srilanka in UAE 4-1 in 2011-2012 beat india in india 2-1 in 2012-2013 beat westindies in westindies 3-1 in 2013 beat zimbabwe in zimbabwe 2-1 in 2013 beat south africa in south africa 2-0 now thats exceptional.

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    A nice little statistic to remember; Pakistani defeats South Africa in its 500th ODI by 1 run. we'll take it.

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Thank you Pakistan....you won 'cause you played up to the last ball...keep this up and nice little statistic to remember; Pakistan defeats South Africa in its 500th ODI by 1 run. we'll take it...Good Look Guys !

  • imranmujtaba on November 27, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Well done Pak! young guns are taking responsibility. When Misbah fail Pak wins! I hope he fail in rest of the series.

  • xylofon on November 27, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    I dont see why anyone would use the C word for SA, at least not this time around. They pretty much made the chase and showed themselves capable to chase a big target even if they didnt make it on the millimeter. That is fine. Pakistan deserved the win although I didnt know who to root for in the end, SA fans must simply forgive and forget and prepare for India. One match, Im hoping for whitewash - now that would be something! A high note for Pakistan either way, the previous match they had not won on that ground against SA and they did and with this win a win against SA in their homegrounds in a bilateral series for the first time. Really good stuff.

    Pakistan still needs to do the right things which is to introduce youngsters in Lanka series, that certainly worked out here with Bilawal & Anwar. Im not so sure Junaid did so well in that last over but I seem to be alone about that. It should have been a way more controlled ball, maybe it boundary was akmals fault? Oh well, GO PAKISTAN!

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Graeme Smith is certainly the difference between the 2 sides...

  • Ms.Cricket on November 27, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    AB is a great fielder, attractive batsman but bad captain mentally.

  • manobilla on November 27, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Great performance by Pak. But no one seems to be talking about the 44th over (second last over ) by Saeed Ajmal. Gave away ONLY 2 runs and a priceless wicket of Amla. That to me was the turning point. It gave Juniad something to defend (its hard to defend 4 or 5 runs in last over, but with 9, alteast you can take a shot at it)

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    @bouncer709: I like your suggestion about Nasir Jamshed playing on road. But bowler should definitely be Anwar Ali so that Jamshed should regain his confidence.

    Btw obstructing the field is very cheap way to get out. I am wondering how could Anwar Ali not play good shots this time.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    it was nail biting stuff and ab just destroyed pak bowling . again sa chocked as usual in the end greatest win for pak

  • SaadRocx on November 27, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan mainly because of Ahmed Shehzad and some superb death bowling.. PS: Give Jamshed a one last chance in 3rd ODI and then drop him for sometime he sure has issues when comes to face fast bowling on fast tracks.. 2) Hafeez is becoming a national laughing joke now..he should bat at #6 and Umer Akmal should bat at #3. Hafeez getting out to Steyn again and again is just becoming a joke now..he should give up facing new bowl. 3) Anwar Ali I think is still not a competitive bowler..He bowls scrambled seam with not so much pace and swing.. He needs to add an extra yard to his pace and improve as a bowler before playing consistently for Pak team.

  • Tokai69 on November 27, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Congrats team pakistan for a historic series win! a fan from Dhaka

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    South Africa need ALBIE . They don't just have good finishers . 17 from 15 they must have won with Amla n duminy

  • shahnbej on November 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Wel done Pakistan. And for next match Misbah, Hafeez and Nasir deserve a good rest. I hope team management understand that......

  • Harmony111 on November 27, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    We are happy to see Pak winning. You needed this for the game's sake. It also sets SA up nicely for India.

    Ajmal bowled a bad over to ABD but came back well to win it along with Junaid who bowled a superb final over. Shehzad batted superbly. Afridi took crucial wickets, Akmal played a very timely knock too. He is as talented as Kohli but has fallen back a bit due to loss of focus, let's hope he gets his mojo back.

    Congrats to Pak for this ODI & series win.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Junaid Khan reminded why Umar Gul was so successful in death overs. Accurate yorkers in the block hole!

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    I am one of great fan of south Africa team but some time they irritate me after their performance ,if amla and de kock doing well so why smith is playing in this team ,if ball turning why u playing with rayn maclarne his economy is so high why not robby is playing and de villers should be one down and tell him try to keep things in early over after this series I m so dis appointed

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Bilawal Bhatti was unlucky in Bowling, A better fielder would have caught the Ball which went for a Six and he Coneeded Extra Boundry because of the Overthrow by Anwar,He did not Bowl that bad,it's his only 2nd ODI. He is a Horse of a long Race.

  • deshwani on November 27, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    well played Pakistan... Congratulations for this great victory and revenge of UAE lost.. actually two debutant and young players brought Pakistan to this track since last match... just simple, batsman did their work, bowlers and fielders done their job well and had not been down in tense situation and got the match and series..... it was much needed... Well Done boys... go for whitewash as you can do it easily now...

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Words cannot explain the last two beautiful overs bowled by Ajmal and Junaid .. You two showed the world that Pak can do it anytime,anywhere.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on November 27, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Posted by Salar Ahmed on (November 27, 2013, 18:48 GMT) : well mate i would be careful before predicting India's tour of SA - 1st series win against a good side after beating india last year - i wouldn't be crowing so much if i were you. No one expected Pak to win in SA after the 4-1 drubbing just last week in UAE - but they did.. Most of our fellow supporters are happy your team won and congratulated Pak .. before you talk about Indian pitches - if they're so flat and easy how come Pak never crossed 250 in any of the matches it played in India the last time?

    Posted by Omar-Briganto on (November 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT): Wow since you have a great knowledge of Pak's previous tours - Please remind me what happened to Pak's last 3 tours to Australia? i wouldn't even bother looking at the statistics page cos its so embarrassing!

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Wayne Parnel is better bowler than kallis. The inclusion of Kallis in place of Parnel is the main reason for this consecutive loss of SA.

  • roook on November 27, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    It was team effort that give Pakistan series win but we should not be carried away by the win. We still have opener problem try Asad Shafiq as a opener as Rohit Sharma for India. Hafeez should by playing down the order at 5 down.

  • Buck_Vass on November 27, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Now then, to quote Robin Jerkman - " There can only be one winner here"! - While AB was providing the onslaught .... Not only did this victory gave great satisfaction to prove Robin Jerkman wrong. This series should provide enough material to the PCB selection committee that the new Pakistan Guns are now in place - S. Maqssod, Anwar Ali, Bialwal " Unmatched" Bhatti, Umer Amin, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shezad, Junaid Khan, etc. And throw in the mix of the "old' Guns with experience of Misbah, Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez ... Plus bring in Mohd. Irfan. Now is ask you .. Is there a better Bowling attack? With this much variety in the mix? The only thing missing is Putting Hafeez in the Middle or lower Middle to cement that side (which, I think he is a perfect foil for, not the top - He is a sitting duck to a newish ball/ seaming and swing deliveries).Plus, bring back Mohsin Khan as the Head Coach... A-G-A-I-N!!! Now this makes for a spicy mix of players, coaching & Mgt!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    too bad for south africa,with all the help from umpires they still lost, anwar ali was not out ,not only he was not out but if u see the replay stein was also blocking ,the ball was not heading to the wicket but was heating left and would had not made it since it was a lofted ball.umar akmal was not out either.my hats go out to pakistan they proved to be a solid team with the right combination,keep these new kid there ,get rid of sohail tanver and umar amin and they will do fine.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 27, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Pakistan are always one of my favourtie sides to watch and Shehzad today was looking incredible I was really annoyed when Akmal ran him out and didn't sacrifice himself when it was SHehzad's call and he was running to the danger end ! Junaid and Akmal are 2 of the greatest limited over bowlers to watch at the death and the 2 young Players really impressed me especially Bhatti. They look like real fighters great to see Pak back strong like this lets just hope we can get cricket back in the country ASAP.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Finally some relief for Misbah who has been unnecessarily criticized.One thing that I noticed today was the team effort.We have been losing matches in the past due to no team effort.Finally,all players contributed and fought till the last ball which eventually resulted a one run victory and a defeat that South Africa will never forget as the match was well within their reach.

  • Equanimous on November 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Good game from both sides. It was a great match to watch. I wish people from everywhere would get along. People who say they don't care about this particular game should realize it makes them look silly to be caring enough to comment here:) Peace.

  • aiksa on November 27, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Hafeez & Afridi are proving to be bowling allrounders hardly scoring any runs but keeping their positions in team due to their bowling. That weakens the batting considerably. Both of them should be batting down the order at 8 & 9. Umar Akmal is in great form and must be promoted up the order before Misbah. Nasir jamshed got more than his fair share of chances and should be dropped to regain his form and confidence in the domestic cricket. Sohaib needs to concentrate more and stop throwing his wicket away after good starts. Pakistan can become a potent force if team is selected carefully and professionally.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 27, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    JP DUminey is the most hesitant sketchy batsman in South Africa I just knew he was going to choke whenever he comes in like today. I dunno why they didn't send Miller before him ? In fact I'm surprised he's still in SA's side do they not have any better batsman than him ? every time I watch him he's eating up balls looking pensive and as if he's going to get out any ball. I think he's one of the most overrated players in the game I mean he has never been in consistent period of form as far as I can remember.

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan's bowling was great... Both kept tight SA..

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Wow wonderful Pak

  • on November 27, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Congratulation pak cricket team 4 WINNING their maiden bilateral ODI series against SA!!!

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    For upcoming Sri Lanka series, Pakistan should drop Afridi in ODIs and play Hafeez at number 7. Hafeez is much better batsman than Afridi and very economical bowler. They should bring a specialist batsman like Harris Sohail in Afridi's place. Umar Amin should also be kept in squad and should not be completely ignored. I hope Irfan will be fit for Sri Lanka series. Junaid, irfan and Bhatti will be lethal for them. Umar Akmal is doing good job as wicketkeeper. They should persist with him.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Hafeez and nasir jamshed should now be rested and sent to play in domestic cricket for a while..................hafeez should have some courage to let go of the team and recover his pride in domestic level ........steyn has officially made hafeez his own lil bunny......and got him out 15 times across all formats this year.......dats really an embarrassing situation for hafeez.......while nasir jamshed only averages 17 in his recent outings in the team since he was given test cap for south african series this year start..................sohaib......anwar ali and bilal bhatti will flourish further if they are given more chances to play for pakistan..........umar akmal shud be let to play only as a batsman........we need a proper skilled wicket keeper rather than makeshift keepers..........bowling will further get better once irfan and gul return.......................

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    congrats to pakistan on first ever odi series win against SA :) great job junaid and ahmed .guys what about ahmed shahzad as future caption of pakistan?

  • SLslider on November 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    We all know now how overrated SA is. Getting beaten by a team like PAK is shame. PAK just lost to ZIM. SA will never learn and don't have any nerve. As they say "C" word.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    our hero junaid khan our magician saeed ajmal our batsman ahmad shahzad our alrounder anwar and bilawal

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    being an indian fan, i support my team but i never hate other teams, ind and pak having grat rivalary between them, whenever pakisthan win against other teams, its always make me happy, good luck pak team..... keep the spirit up...and make it 3-0

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Hashim made same mistake as afridi did in first ODI in UAE

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Typical Pakistan. No one knows when they will perform. Couple of wins ;Pakistanis are on heaven. Its a good win. Perform in a consistent manner

  • likeintcricket on November 27, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan and all Pakistani fan's. It was really unexpected series win against a very quality side. I also consider the T20 series a winning series as first match was under Pak control. Toss and first batting made the difference in nearly all of the matches as both teams has great bowling resources.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    b/w good death bowling by Junaid who turned the match for Pakistan. Great W's would be proud of you.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Alhamduilah Pakistan have won the match, magnificent bowling by Junaid Khan ♥ it was thrilling & Nil biting match . .well done team Pakistan and congratulations to all cricket lover.

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    @gsingh7: To win against South Africa you need genuine pace bowlers who can bowl yorkers instead of short bowling medium pace trundlers.

  • sachinisawesome on November 27, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner As u always do cherry pick when he didn't score LOL. Is that the whole record of kohli vs SL, And who got thrashed in that series? And That record is still better than mahela's overall record. And if you really insist on crying I can find the whole record of kohli vs SL. But then I don't want to do something which u should not so lets just leave it at that.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on November 27, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    SA are a good team but the C word haunts them..They do not have finishers - the game was done and dusted - but miller for all his reputation has now lost 2 matches for SA(1 t20).. Ajmal had almost lost the match - but Junaid pulled it for Pak..Good to see the oldest trick in the death bowling manual being used with great execution (in-swinging yorkers!) ... Congrats to PK team from Ind fan.. A win is a win no matter how small the margin is - Well played!

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    @pakistan fans ! For God sake stop mentioning India and stuff like what people might be thinking about Pak victory across the border. If some one has sportsman spirit, he would appreciate good cricket irrespective of which country he belongs.

  • soaf on November 27, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    brilliant performance boys.great to see youngsters perform.shehzad played an outstanding innings in testing condition and showed the world he belongs to this level. poor captaincy from misbah he gave easy singles to SAF batsmen in the middle of innings and helped amla to develop partnership with dkock and ABD.misbah should have develop an attacking mindset.otherwise youngster wouldnt get nurture by this sort of attitude.ajmal bowled one of his worst spell except of the brilliant penumilate over. and junaid bowled the finest last over reminded of great akram.hard luck to ABD but you played a brutal innings and easily best of the match but couldnt get your team through the line.hoping for a whitewash.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Firdose. You are an awesome writer! :)

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    congrats great victory, hope India too do d same...Weldon guys :):)

  • Omar-Briganto on November 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Pakistan team is Trend setter, they beat australia in world cup 2011 to break their world cup ODI match winning streak. They beat Australia in England one test match and tied two test match series, then they beat England in England one test match only though and lost 3. Now they beat south africa in South Africa. First Asian team to do so :). Whereas India was whitewashed both in England and Australia.

    Pakistan team have shown real traits of champions by making a come back after loosing in UAE. Well done guys and best of luck.

  • asim229 on November 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Great performance by Junaid and he deserved the man of the match.Although I am a pakistani supporter but whenever JP.Duminy bats at cruicial stages I always get the feeling that the opposing team will win because just like Misbah he cant cope with the increasing runrate and cant time his innings according to the situation. SA made another mistake by playing two players Smith and Kallis both of them have passed their used by date and are not good anymore.I always said in the past that pak can only win if a couple of their top 6 batters perform and they cant win every game by expecting Afridi to score at 8 after collapse or tailenders scoring most of the run and today Ahmad Shahzad and Akmal proved that good performance from just one or two top order batters is good enough to post a good total.

  • Dark.Matter on November 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    A message to Pak fans, Please do not bash other teams like India and Bangladesh. It creates negative energy and unnecessary embarrassment whenever our team loses. I know others are bashing us like Indians were waiving flags when SA was in good position, and I also know that some of the Bangladesh fans were saying that our bating is weakest and lesser than theirs (it can be as they have shown recent improvements, but there is lack of evidence). But, we should behave like good citizens and ignore such type of people. Let the world decide who is better than whom. So, we should enjoy good cricket, and should pray that our players work even harder in the future and overcome their remaining weaknesses.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist: Bro you are asking this ground small, I accept it was bit smaller compare to most of the famous ones but then what you will say about those grounds where it is not only effortless but also valueless to score boundaries and even after double century from a single player match are too close and 700 runs in an odi is a joke.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Not being able to play at home is certainly negative for Pakistani cricket but there is a positive aspect that they get to play a lot of overseas conditions. With Amir and Gul returning (on helpful foreign conditions) and Pakistani batsmen gaining more experience and momentum on foreign pitches, this may benefit Pakistan in the long run.

  • BravesBattallionXI on November 27, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan team! Can u imagine South Africa score card having 98 from Amla, 70 & 40 odd from AB & DeKock with Steyn career best 6/39 and got defeated. Well, this is indeed a historic victory ti defeat SA in their home after getting recently thrashed by 4-1 defeat. Neighbours will be under pressure to perform the way their score friendly wickets have been helping them. Umar Akmal reminded Moin Khan how he used to Keep up the fighting spirit in the team. Attitude made the difference certainly.

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    While praising exceptional last over from Junaid Khan, we must not forget the superb catch taken by Umar Amin in crunch situation.

  • t20cric on November 27, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    This is the win Pakistan needed. I didn't get to watch any of the match cuz of the timing but a great win for Pakistan. Finally someone from Pak team gets a centruy & thankfully its the young & talented Ahmed Shehzad. The thing that has really stuck out in this series so far is that Pakistan youngsters are performing & winning it. Its good to see Junaid getting back to form, only Steyn bowled better then him today. Umar Akmal finished the innings very well and Sohaib shared a vital century partnership with Ahmed. Nasir and Hafeez once again disappointed. I think Hafeez needs to bat at 6 or be dropped and Nasir could also be sent down or be replaced by Sharjeel Khan and return after a strong domestic season. Bilawal's bowling sadly was not up to expectations this match but surely he will bounce back like Junaid did. For the next ODI Pakistan will need to keep the same team but have Sohaib at no.3, Umar at no.4 and Hafeez at no.6 cuz those are the perfect positions for them.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Wao Junaid...When he came for last ove,I thought if we had Gulli now.. He would win it for us..but then Junaid delivered with yorkers just like Gul,was so happy to see itl..Ahmad is some one who has ability to score big hundreds..He has his confidence back now.. We have won this series on performances of youngsters,Anwar & Bhatti in 1st ODI..Ahmad & Jhonny in 2nd ODI... Way to go boys..!

  • azurecharms on November 27, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    2nd T20 and then two ODI's in a row, I must say this team has provided next to impossible. Everyone wrote them off and righly so, with that spectacular cabability to fetch defeat from very edge of victory, this winning display is a hugely welcome for a change!

    Now folks, take a deep breath and dont start showering extravagant praise! This is just the begining. We either make them gods or throw to knives. Afridy is still valuable but should be sent after Anwar and Bhatti. Hafeez is the weakest link. He is surviving because he can bowl. But once, Gul and Irfan are back, Pak bowling attack will become as potent as it could be. Time to get past Hafeez. Sohaib can bat at 3.

  • on November 27, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Pakistan is now on winning path. :-) :-) :-)

  • AH_USA on November 27, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Junaid Khan has shown yet again that he has all the vital ingredients of becoming a good bowler. He has aggression, good run-up to the wicket, a decent line and good and controlled swing. Above all, he is not afraid to bowl the last over which shows that he is capable of absorbing the pressure. Keep is up Junaid.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 27, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Well done Pakistan !!! Congratulations to you on a well earned victory against a team who plays well in their conditions. Hopefully, this brings new confidence to Pakistani cricket. Players who performed well here should be groomed for the future. Shahzad is a bright young talent. He resembles Virat Kohli in many ways and plays well when it matters. The world needs a strong Pakistani team. Time to build for the future begins now. I hope Indian team watched this series closely and hopefully they took some tips on how to beat SA in the ODIs. Best wishes from an Indian fan.

  • Blade-Runner on November 27, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist ; I almost fell off the chair laughing after reading your comment. In 2013, your Kohli played 4 innings vs Sri Lanka n scored 93 runs @ a SR of 73.00 averaging just 33.00. lol Well, according to your Indian standards, that must be a marvelous achievement. LOL I can see that the fear is creeping into your hearts as SA tour is getting closer n closer. BUT remember, SL beat SA in a test match last time they visited in 2011 !!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Purely Hasim Amla Mistake, Bcoz of him only SA Lost

  • Rifard_SL on November 27, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Anyone else have the feeling of watching the match lik pakistan team plays with inzy, musthaq, Akram nd waqar..

  • Sports4Youth on November 27, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    My only dissapointment in this game was that the South African batsmen had succeeded in targetting BILAWAL BHATTI. Bhatti going for 39 in 4 overs was saddening for me, although he had lots of bad luck happening especially the catch chance that went for six.

  • yasinafridi on November 27, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Bilawal & Anwar have great Opportunities to avail it and perform consistently for Pakistan. Bilawal does great Yorkers.. Keep it up You will become Mega Stars in future Insha Allah.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Well played..i was thinking protease will cruise easily but the turning point was saeed ajmal second last over..quite an unpredictable win for pakistan..

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Bilawal & Anwer Ali should be promoted in batting order & Afridi should be brought down the order as these newcomers are more capable than Afridi.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Great Win, Junaid Khan Rocks!

  • wakaPAK on November 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @icfa Man, I think you do care if you are posting under a Pakistan match, so stop deceiving yourself. India will be the favorites when they land in SA but only for the One Day series. India already has scored some points on the table when they were negotiating the tour with SA; i'm sure they must have asked for ODIs to be played before the tests to demoralize SA during ODIs. Steyn won't be that good against Indian batsmen in ODIs as his general record in ODIs suggest but mind you SA might come back strong against India; they always do. If philander plays in place of Tsotsobe and Kallis is in form, India would be in trouble.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on November 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Hafeez became Styen's victim yet again. He should have done the honourable and followed Jonathn Trott's professionalism and selflessness. With Hafeez' continuing failures, Pakistan is basically playing one batsman short. They would be served better to pick Abdur Rehman - a better spinner instead and a useful lower order batsman.

  • kickassPakistan on November 27, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    now Pakistan has beaten India in India,West Indies in their home and now a victory against Saffa's in their backyards within the last one year.

  • senator333 on November 27, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner I guess you forgot the 4-1 beating we gave SL in SL & you also forgot all the beating IND gave SL all around the world & A weak NZ C-team beat your team in those tiny SL grounds. Cricinfo please publish.

  • gsingh7 on November 27, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    its not pak win but sa lost as they stumbled at last hurdle. similar stories in wc 1999 when sa lost semis.they are traditionally uncomfortable when heat is on. pak did well to bounce back after 4-1 drubbing in their adopted home uae.this lose was good for india as now sa are under tremendous pressure to win odi series vs india but india are no ordinary side in odis. they just won sixth back 2 back series this year.i will favour india to win 2-1.now their is race on for 4th spot in odis between pak sa and sl. lets see who gets to 4th spot.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I think they lowt because of Amla he played way too slow. The difference between bowl and runs was almost close to 30 which is alrightbif you dobt have to score ar run a ball but Ab did give them some hope though. Pakistan has a quality pace attack that can take out the best of oppositions. That's exactly what we witnessed today.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    There are still some changes that need to take place before we get carried away with this Pakistani team. First of all Nasir Jamshed needs to be replaced by Sharjeel Khan. Hafeez could be given another go in the series against Sri Lanka for his usefulness as an off spinner.

    Off topic, I am waiting for India vs SA. Indians making big claims on the behalf of their team and going to be dissapointed. SA batting may seem weak but it definitely won't be breached by the average Indian pace attack. They are going to get a thrashing all over the park. Whereas Indian batting may provide some resistance but they are going to struggle as well. Building confidence on flat pitches won't help them in the pacy pitches of SA.

    P.S I am just a cricket lover not a biased Pakistani fan :p

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Well done pak and congratulate all Pakistani cricket lovers.firstly good work done by shahjad who pess the with shoiab and at the end a little cameos from akmal nd bhatti then traffic bowling junaid nd I

  • umairasgharbutt on November 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    well done misbah, from now im your biggest fan !

  • Cricket_Man on November 27, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Yet again the team batting first won the match. Therefore, I think ABD made a huge mistake to send Pakistan batting first. But credit must be given to Pakistan for this wonderful performance. By the way, did anybody count the no. of times Jamshed's dismissal was replayed. I counted it being replayed atleast 10 times within 10 minutes of his dismissal and each time Steyn was praised. That was a little too over. But for me the best part of the match was Bhatti hitting Steyn for 3 fours in an over. Hopefully Pakistan makes it a clean sweep.

  • senator333 on November 27, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner I guess you forgot the 4-1 beating we gave SL in their home & you also forgot all the beating IND gave SL all around the world & A weak NZ C-team beat your team in those tiny SL grounds.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Great victory for Pakistan...the winning streak should continue

  • yasinafridi on November 27, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    As Junaid got seriouse injury but he went out from ground and back with great moral and he done great job. He has great veriety such an inswinger, out swinger, quick bouncer, low bouncer, Yoker and variation of pace alot great verieties...

  • alipk52 on November 27, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Death bowling is always Pakistan's strong point in our cricket, and this time they show it, Feeling so proud, Who would have believed Pakistan will be first Asian team to Win ODI series in South Africa? this year started off memorably for Pakistan, They defeated arch-rival India on their soil where every other teams failed to do so, and after going through a lot later on, they from nowhere defeated SA in a series which no other Asian teams have done yet, Steyn continued dismissed Hafeez reminded me of Junnaid's regular dismissal of Virat Kohli and this same guy shined there, And today again, he's the final say in reply to AB's blitz, and seal the glory for Pakistan, I believe if they keep batting like this without pressure, like these three lads did Ahmed, Shoaib and Umar Akmal, they'll be absolutely difficult to beat, only batting and fielding are the main reason of taking Pakistan cricket into this state, fielding seems to improved bit, hope they'll keep batting like this.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    well done guys . outstading display of bowling under pressure & self belief.hope it continues in future . u do have made us proud .

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on November 27, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Misbah has failed in the last 2 matches and Pakistan has won those matches. God bless PAKISTAN

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Congrats to all Pakistan cricket team fan, not particularly the way we would have liked to win after scoring 262 in 45 overs however it shows we as a team did not give up so wonderful to see fighting spirit back and although ppl would point at dropped chances and bad fielding for this performance still i think there was lots left desired from our captain of odi team, Misbah ul haq knows like all of us that bowling sensation balawal bhatti is tear away gives u wickets and conceed runs so he should be used this way, his yorkers were cause of our win in t20 and in first odi, anwar should have been bowled in middle overs rather than at end also the confidence taken away from bhatti is never good for him and team, i strongly suggest we need to play both anwar and bhatti and every match we play now, for game on sat as the series is won i think we can experiment, perfect time to rest nasir, hafeez, ajmal and junaid khan(blow he took on his shin) and we can play asad, amin, rehman and tanvir.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @sherjil - talking about blood? The world knows what Pak blood has done to humanity and the world. U deserve every bit of it.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @Asher noman.. you said what i want to say.. unfortunately after playing on roads of india with shortest possible bounderies and that to agains windies and wead ausies indians thinks they are the super power. i predict a 2-1 win to sa against india. and tests... well india is surely going to lose that series as well..

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    ist of all Congrats all Pakistani Fans, It's a supreb win. Now Pak is the only team who performs well in away series like against India in India,against West Indes in West Indes now against South africa in South Africa, But after today match there should be some changes in the team, rest Hafeez in Asad and give Nasir and Shehzad Full authority to play their shots, send Asad at no 3 and Sohaib at no 4, and other combination remains the same. Pakistan team has the most young players as compared to any other side. If they continue this habit it wil become the challenge for others team to win against them, see their bowling is world class, now they got some very good players like Umar Akmal, Shehzad, Sohaib i still beilve that in this lot of young guns Nasir is best, but he needs some confidence from the captain & frm senior players. These young lot of Pakistani players give me sense that they wil be the best team in World Cup 2015. Just chk their combination. Imran Dubai

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on a splendid display and finally the batting worked. However Hafeez needs to be demoted to No6 and UMar akmal who is a far better batsmen promoted up. Hafeez's early wickets set a bad precedent for the entire innings. The two allrounders also can be promoted ahead of Afridi who is clearly a tailender now. Please donot play with their careers by sending them so low in the order.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Excellent over by Junaiiiiid ,what a fiery yorkers at will and that too in such a pressure cooker situation . This is incredible eveb legends waqar and akram would be proud of these yorker,s surely breattaking stuff from this young pace merchant , cricket is all about these pacers and the best sight in ckt . to watch , welldone junaid,

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Brilliant... love u pakistan.. plz plz shehzad play like this alwaz strike rate of 65 does do justice to your talent.. Win or lose Love u my Heroes

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    South Africa managed to lose a never-looked-losing game which pakistan is very much familiar with. Anyway congrats Pakistan for great show. (I can not stop blaming Amla who played lofted shot after AB set the stage for less than run a ball)

  • wakaPAK on November 27, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    What a game it was.. It had everything a classic cricket game should have. Rain played 10 overs and the fans were hoping for a game and they finally got one. Overcast conditions and we saw Steyni swing and a wonderful recovery by Pakistan and some wonderful shots and of course the death over blitz. Then we saw a tight Pakistan attack which only players like Amla can negotiate. The classic AB blitz and a wonderful comeback by Pakistan to win by one run. How many times do we see one run wins? Not to mention the amazing atmosphere in the stands and nail biting in both camps. Cricket is a beautiful.

  • SurlyCynic on November 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan from an SA fan. Superb death bowling and great catching.

    Poor from Amla and Duminy at the end, Smith must stick to tests from now on - he just slows things down. AB was great to watch as usual.

  • Wajih1728 on November 27, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    For me it one word 'DETERMINATION' ... which takes Pak crossed the line finally.... If u c the highlights of the match, whilst AB was hitting them all over the park, listen U/Akmal who was keep askng the fielders around to buck-up the fielders the bowlers... I never listened these shoutngs b4 or seen the body-language of Pakistani when opponents were thrashing them and cruising towards the target...

    If u noticed the crucial last couple of catches they took moreover the last two overs showed how focused they were and wanted to do this time once they sent AB... I under-rated Junaid who surprised all of Us honestly with his swinging Yorkers... I think he must have learned how to absorb the pressure and where to bowl in death overs...

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Brilliant display of fast bowling...Junaid Khan...Rocks

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on November 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Pakistan beat India in India 2-1 last Dec and now South Africa in South Africa with 2-0 lead, one to go. Looks like they are getting better as Visitors. And also first Asian team to win a bilateral series in S.A.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    and the heat rises on the eastern border ..as thet havnt won in south africa.....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 27, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, mate, I know it hurts. Hurts badly! When you get spanked repeatedly, it hurts. I'm sorry that Team India is so merciless against your Sri Lanja team. Next time, I meet Kohli, I'll request him to see if he can go slow on your team. Cheers! Get well soon buddy!

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Junaid Khan , Fantastic Bowler....he is proving day by day....

    Ahmed Sehzad....very good knock.....good talent....

    Pakistan need one more good batsman like youhana aur inzamam....they have the best bowlers in the world....

    Good,to beat SA in their own back yard.....congts...pak

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    brilliant from team pakistan.brilliant last over from junaid khan

  • CodandChips on November 27, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Must have been a thriling game to watch. Shame I couldn't.

    Well done Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan. Youth triumphs for Pakistan. Especially Shehzad, who is sort of proving me wrong with that innings.

  • PAK_CricFan on November 27, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Great turn over by PAK team both in Batting & bowling as they've created history tonight.Ahmed Shehzad was excellent where BOOM BOOM Afridi was delightful in his spell, Saeed Ajmal was outstanding in his last over as he turned the game on his head then Junaid Khan displayed his bowling skills as he is not less than Mohammad Aamir or Mohammad Irfan. Last but not the least Captain Misbah Ul Haq proved that he is good enough captain as he defended 180 score against SA and now 20 runs off 20 balls when Hashim Amla is batting in 90's and SA only lost 5 wickets and still PAK defended successfully. Hats off PAK team. God Bless you.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Look boys only two changes bilawal and anwar ali and the entire team is changed. Now it seams that pak can win against any side of the world

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on November 27, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Pakistan! The most entertaining side in world cricket since 2 decades. Be it a win or a loss you are guaranteed some drama, emotions, some unbelievable skills (ordinary and extraordinary both).

  • pull_shot on November 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Brilliant, Winning pakistan is good for world cricket

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    And Bangladesh team were dreaming that they are better than Pakistan lol =D

  • juned86 on November 27, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Finally PAK showed their worth.... Now the tables will be ringing in the points chart..... Wish India and Pakistan the top honours..... Long way to go but not impossible.......

  • cooljack_143 on November 27, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    So here we go the MOST UNPREDICTABLE team is back on the trot..We never know which Pakistani side turns up on a given day.Amazing win for pakistanis, its long long due for now.I hope other teams too follow their strategy and start winning in SA agianst SA.Time to party guys..

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    ajmal's last over was difference between two sides.

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on November 27, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    What an amazing cricket game!! But still Pakistan need to kick out nasir jamshed and bring in sharjeel khan, and hafeez just can't play steyn. Hafeez must come at no 6 for the next match. Asad shafique should be given a chance in the next odi.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Pakistan have become first Asian team to win an ODI series in South Africa.

  • AltafPatel on November 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Turning point of the match was second to last over by Ajmal giving only 3 runs and taking wicket of Amla.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Today Pakistani players proved that we r unpredictable among all teams. And Pak bowling attack is the best among all...Besides only Ab de Villiers every other S.A batsmen looks struggling, even Amla's 98 were quite cheeky and shaky..And other batsmen look uncomfortable..Ab de Viller's dismissal exposed the S.A batting line up against Pak bowling attack..Well played Ahmed Shezad, umer akmal and Sohaib, good batting from bilawal aswell, Finally our team is coming into a shape and its a new pakistani team rises from the ashes of old bones..Good job PAK...Proud to be a pakistani :)

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    The passion for cricket in Pakistan is immense and ever since we have been banned from having matches at home,has caused the quality and standard of cricket to diminish and as a result we have not been able to play competitive cricket with fewer international teams playing in our home conditions and hence given every other team an advantage over us. This victory is a historic moment for all cricket lovers. Well played boys

  • crick_sucks on November 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Man you guys can't enjoy your victory without thinking about India and what it means to India. Why would we care. Why are you guys so obsessed with India and what we think about you. We just don't care if you do well or don't do well or just don't exist.

  • Mannan.81.pk on November 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    How on earth Junaid Khan is not the Man of the Match???

    Got key wickets of Smith, ABD and Dumny and bowled one of the best death bowling spell that I have seen since long.

    And he bowled the alst two overs with bruised shin. Hats off

    Ajmal and Afridi the lethal duo did their part.

    Just get rid of Hafeez plzz

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Great comeback from Pakistan.....showed a lot of character and determination....this team can be the real deal...onwards and upwards...

  • AltafPatel on November 27, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Duminy was supposed to finish things off at the end but instead he did not more than turning up scoreboard by singles.

  • BowledYa on November 27, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Where are the "our batsmen are better than Pakistan" Bangladesh fans today? So how many times has BD beaten SA? I am not sure, but I know they have beaten Pakistan ONCE in ODI and none in other formats. Come on guys, where are you hiding, we need to see you with your outlandish claims.

  • Equanimous on November 27, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I think we should stick with Jamshed. We just have to decide that he has what it takes to play international cricket and invest some time in him. He will pay us back for that trust.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    wat a win frm pakistan :D

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    We'll done pakistan, executed the real potentials today as camps!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 27, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    SA will need to be praised if they even manage to put up a fight against our Team India. SA can't even win against minnows at home. This SA team is cannon fodder for us. Well done Pakistan.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    This is called sweet sweet revenge. Finally a series victory against SA and in SA makes it even more memorable. Great last over by Junaid with injured leg. No doubt Pakistan is the beauty of Cricket !!

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    won the series 2-0

  • Blade-Runner on November 27, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Well played Pakistan !!! Hard luck South Africa !! Anyway it was one heck of a game. A nail-biter till the last ball was bowled. Pakistan must be feeling relieved after that 4-1 thrashing they suffered in the UAE.

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I lost track of Pak Cricket few years back ... but thats what Pak cricket does to Cricket Fans all over the world ... am still stunned by the Batting skills of ABD but wow!!! Ajmal first n junaid at last ... what u guys have done there was simply out of Books and material for the Books !!! Congratulation Pak ! and All the best to SAF for upcoming series against even stronger Indian Team !!!

  • mhk21 on November 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I bet after such a stern examination by the Pak bowlers ,SA will just run over Indian bowlers like eating a piece of cake . I dont see India winning here because of the quality of the SA bowling attack though both have batting on the same level . It is the Pakistan's quality of attack that have made SA look so fragile in batting .

  • on November 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    simply brilliant!!!! junaid did it for pak

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Pakistani zindabaad love you

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    very well played Pakistan cricket team. this series win means a lot to Pakistan cricket.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Great fight from Pakistan. Delighted with this series win. Whilst we cannot at this time enjoy cricket at home, our love and passion for this great game has not diminished. History has been made here today, and Misbah and his boys can be justifiably proud.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    well done pak..good for india. s.a down and out. thanks pak.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    If amla wouldn't have held one end, the entire innings ... SA could have bundled up way earlier. Miller and mc laren would have struggled. He timed it perfectly, the defeat is on the shoulders of dumminy and miller. The most heartening thing is that Pakistan never shows any character in tight matches, but for once it did happen and happened when a series had to be won. Take a bow boys, you made the whole nation proud.

  • bouncer709 on November 27, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Pakistan returned the same taste to SA that they got in UAE while chasing 183. At the end this match proved a very poor show from Hashim Amla, I don't say he played bad, he was calm, and solid, but he did like Misbah, miscalculation. he came as opener, played 44 overs, but could not score century, any other opener could have scored 150+ in 44 overs, and he threw his wicket in the end. This is why match should never be let to go in last over. and still they left Millar and Mclaren on the crease who can hit the ball.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    It was a good match Junaid reminds me the great W's. Shahzad played superbly

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    i guess south africa must get rid of two player....g.smith and jp dumminy.....jp dumminy has a lot of tym done this.....he just could have taken his team to victory when he came to play......he only thinks of attacking in the last over.....by tht tym everthin is out of hand......he did the same in t20 world cup semifinal against pakistan...

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    brilliant!!!!! only Pakistani bowler can do it under such pressure and restrictions. respect from India

  • sermadali on November 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    First time in history- Pakistan beat SA in their home ground... waited so long even with 2 Ws and shoiab never happened. With all the issues we have in our team or Misbah Captaincy or our batting issue. Please enjoy these moments these does not come often :) Very happy with Team effort and self belive

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Heartiest Congratulation to Team Pakistan!!! It was awesome performance from them. I think last two over have done the trick for Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal has bowled superbly as well Junaid Khan has bowled excellent final over with lot of skills. I will also appraise Ahmed Shahzad marvelous century that was much needed. I also appreciate whole team effort because they did not give up till last ball.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    An awesome victory for Pak..,, first Asian team to win series in SA, isn't great???? I remember earlier today one friend posted that SA will win this match nd series for sure talk about Ind vs SA that will be a close contest .... Smile :) AlhamduLiLLAH

  • sohailmalik1985 on November 27, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    This is simply unbelievable, this victory will be remembered for decades. junaid and ajmal produce superb last spell that finally turned match into pakistan favour. superb performance by whole team

  • umairaslum on November 27, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Can any body tell the speed of Junaid khans last over. I had only cricinfo and there was no info about the speed and length at which he bowled. And folks... Rohit sharma averages 37, in India 58 and outside India 27. Poor Shehzad has no home games even then his average has gone up from 20 to 30 in last 15 games. He gets runout more than often. If he's given test cap, he will really mature. Please work on him and Umer. Management should take care of all young ones and keep them away from advertisements, models, media and bookies. We lost Aamir. 20 years old kids can't easily handle millions coming fast, fans or bucks.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Bilawal Bhatti came in and showed the batters how to handle Steyn

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Fisrt asian side to win bilateral ODI series in South Africa? Enough to raise tempratures across eastren borders :-D

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    another historic victory for pak and guess whos the man as captain misbah. hate him as much as u want but the thing is he has become the only pak captain who won the series in south africa. pak wining streak at port elizbeth continues never loss here. misbah and pak rocks. love u guys

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    At d end its similar to the match that PAK lost in 1st Odi at abu dhabi. However credit goes to Junaid for bowling those in swinging yorkers. Great finish. SA took it easily after ABD innings but lost wickets at crucial time n Pak bowlers cashed it...bydway batsman did their job today. Very good innings by Shazhad n good finish from Akmal.. but again Hafeez fails against Stayn... time to either drop Hafeez or move him down at 6. Give rest to N Jamsade as well... nway well played both Pak n SA.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    well done boys..u did it!!!

  • jimwhatever on November 27, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    amla had played many good innings. today the defeat was partly because of his innings. faced almost half of the balls and scored only just above 1/3rd of the runs required. poor cricket. looked like he was trying to regain his form or reputation with a 100. he should know that he has never been good at chasing.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I am really happy for team Pakistan. After all the pressure and criticism they pulled through and won a series against south Africa in South Africa. Well done Pakistan. Now go win the remaining last game!

  • gangsta78 on November 27, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    What a match, and PAK has finally won thier made in series against Sa, i left the match wen sa needed 17 of 15 ball bt when i came back and saw sa needing 7 of 2 balls i was really shocked, bt in the end a brilliant match and series to win, congrats to Pak.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    indian fan how do u feel about this win from pakistan????...........................

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Oh what a match this! The turning point is the dismissal of Duminy, not Amla I think. Anyway, Pakistan still maintaining their record as the most unpredictable team..

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    i love you junaid good bowling in death and cute shezad

  • Rezaul on November 27, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    ONLY one team can lose from the position where you need 11 from 12 balls with 6 wickets in hand and two set batsmen on the crease, it is team SA. They did it again. I doubt whether teams like, IRE, Afganistan, Kenya would have done the same!

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Wow, I have just woken up and see that Pakistan have won not only the match but the series as well. For a side that dont have a "home" their resolve and determination is unprecedented. Well done to the team and to the fans, enjoy as you deserve it.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    LOL @ everyone congratulating SA :D

    GG Pakistan. It was a good game of cricket, sans the two decisions that went against Pakistan in the final over.

    ABD played superbly. Scary player.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    all sa had to score was 21 runs from 22 balls with 6 wickets remaining and just they managed to lose. This is going to demoralize them and make them easy fodder for India

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Good batting by pakistan this time. A big 3rd wicket partnership between ahmed & Maqsood. A bit disappointing from maqsood as he got good start but thrown it away by unnecessary shot. Finally ahmed made his start count. Plenty of starts in UAE but never got big and this time he made it.

    Nasir is out of form and looks like he will be gone for longer now after this series. Not much to say about hafeez. simply cant play steyn.

    Umar gave good finishing touch with bhatti and Anwar. With bhatti & Anwar , pak has depth in batting. and good thing they showed they can be sensible like 1st odi & also can play cameos if required like today.

    last 2 overs were superb and amazing stuff. total contrast to what ajmal bowled before that over today. and junaid defended 9 very well in last over.

    a much needed series win for pakistan. and 1st vs SA in SA.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    PAk won wat gud bowling by Junaid Khan and ppl were sayng he shudnt bowl at death

  • shoaib.rasheed on November 27, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    The people who added comments after ABD innings when the match was not over yet, They should understand that anything can happen in cricket :P

  • Mujji_28 on November 27, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan team!!! Their first series win over might South Africans. They game almost slipped from Pakistan when ABD was smashing them all around and they turned around in last 3 overs. Specially over bowled by Saeed Ajmal put the brakes on Proteas thinking. Last over was amazing by Junaid. It was altogether a very good performance from both team, but the pressure was absorbed by Pakistan and in the end they proved to be the winners. Its time for Misbah to hang his boats on good note beating South Africa in bilateral series for the first time on their soil. Congrats to all the fans of Pakistan. Hope to see this team achieve the height of success in future. Pakistan Zindabad

  • sweet2hrme on November 27, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    The equation is as simple as that Smith MUST take a RETIREMENT now!

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan in ODI 2013 in South Africa. It was a close one.

  • saintsinister on November 27, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Not over till its over.. Good JOB PAKISTAN!! that's the same result as the match we lost at Sharjah. Clean sweep on the horizon.. GO GREEN GO!!!

  • Rinsh on November 27, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    @Cric_fever_forever i dont know how hard core fan of cricket your are.In cricket always remember one thing,dont give the conclusion unless and untill winning run is taken or last bowl is bowled

  • binu.emiliya on November 27, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Brilliant victory by PAK! Well done. Poor batting by Amla and Dumini, even ABD, he should learn some thing from MSD how to finish a chase!

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    lol south african fan!!!.....................................................

  • shoaib.rasheed on November 27, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Quality cricket, Pakistan never gave it up and they really stuck in to snatched the victory from SA Pocket at the end.

  • Blade-Runner on November 27, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist ; Its funny when you guys talk about small boundaries, specially when its coming from Indian fans.LOL If ICC decide to ban small grounds, all the Indian grounds will be banned first. The strange thing is that Shehzad hit only 10 boundaries compare to Rohit's 28 boundaries in his innings in that tiny ground with 60m boundaries. So pls...

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    team southafrica did it again

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    wow. what a close game. Out of no where. Last 2 overs won it for paksitan. unbelievable stuff. Looks like just the same game as 1st odi in UAE. out of no where a team lost it from winning it. Well played by both teams. SA i think lost it by going in to last couple of overs. ABD fell and from there on things were changed.

    Ajmal has been poor this time but his last over ( 44th ) made it for the day. 2 runs and Amla's wicket.

    Good win for Pakistan. and a series win vs SA.

    Paksitan were good majority of time in UAE. though score line (4-1) doesnt suggest so but there were 2 games which were so close and in their grasp.

    Anyway finally they won 2 matches in a row and won the series vs SA and in SA.

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Congratulations team Pakistan. What a spell of fast bowling from Junaid khan specially in start and in death. Last over was awesome. Even a fantastic knock from de Villiers couldn't save South Africa. Hashim Amla somehow slowed down may be for his century. Thank God, Misbah didn't give last 5 overs to rookies. They would have definitely destroyed the game.

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on November 27, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @SurlyCynic............well Pakistan has replyed you with a WIN..........Welldone Pakistan.

  • BMDeep on November 27, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    What ever might be said abt this innings of Amla, but I can dare say that he lost d game for SA in d penultimate over. Having said that, thy lived up to their C reputation. Big congratuations for Pak. They deserved ever bit of it.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    well reading the comments ...all were saying match over for pakistan....bt this is wat gr8 bowlers do for u....10 runs were not chased in last two overs...thats where pak can really make oppositin fans really sad n shocked...with batting starting to click,pak will b on winning side most of the times...n will b consistant too..bt if batting clickks like this :).... pak became the 1st asian team to win a 1 day series in s.a..

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    unlucky for SA but its fair when we lost the first odi in UAE by a run

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    and Pakistan defy the odds once again as they always do!!!!! brilliance from saeed and junaid at the death

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Congratulation to haters pak won by 1 run

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Good job, Pakistan! Pulled off an exciting win. Good going by Ahmed Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali and Junaid Khan. Lovely last over by Junaid - awesome! With that said, time to rest Nasir Jamshed and M. Hafeez for the series against South Africa. Bring back Fawad Alam and possibly Shan Masood. And they should get an extended run, not like how Asad Shafiq is treated.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    simply can't believe what I just saw, great win Pakistan but I will say that South Africa lost the match not Pakistan won it.

  • kc69 on November 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I seriously feel after AB's dismissal SA took way too easily and hence lost the match. Hashim Amla might be a good batsmen but a poor one when it comes to scoring runs under pressure.Except for Ab the entire SA batting is struggling in front of Pakistan bowling.Congrats to Pakistan on their success and i am sure results will be better if a few more changes are made.

  • Solid_Snake on November 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    What a match..Whatttttt a match..just unbelievable..What a great fight from both sides.. Pak almost lost that match due to Amla & De villiars.But Pakistan came back & did something amazing.Usually it's a very little chance that a batting team in such a great position would lose the match.But Pak bowlers did the job.What great bowling byJunaid in last over.He gave no room for Slog.Miller the hard hitter was clueless against those reverse swinging yorkers... Amazing match.

  • romirom on November 27, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    what a game. Close finish again. Both team have grate bowling attack which can turn game from any position. Previously saf did in uae and today pak did it in saf.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    yeah we the first asian team to win series in africa proud of pakistan

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 27, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    yesssssssssssssssssss we did it. i thought ab stealed the show for south africa. but wowow awesome pak does it agin with bowl. yesssss im flying high. 1st series win in south africa. nothing better then that. awesome boys. awesome.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    We won the match.Great work by Pakistani Batsmen and a Good finishing by Junaid.

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan won we won ya hoo

  • Solid_Snake on November 27, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist :Pak defended that total..The ground was so small..All SA batsmen should have made 100 but they could not do it.. At least this match was not like India vs Aus series..That's the series in which you should have been sad for the bowlers..

  • Pindia on November 27, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TO PAKISTAN ON AN HISTORIC VICTORY!!! Ajmal came good, Afridi was the best bowler and Junaid has come of age. Goo cool captaincy from Misbah too. Pakistan have to be the most patient team, but hopefully this now marks a real turning point. Possibly the greatest turnaround victory in one day cricket!

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Yesssss. Pak goes 2-0 up. Defeating SA at their home (:

  • Gooner.Shaikh on November 27, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Junaid khan my fav bowler

  • Wajih1728 on November 27, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I m a crkct fan.... u cannot ask fr better finish than this... this is wht crckt fans expects frm both these teams...... anyways I LUV u PAK

  • on November 27, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    unlucky for amla missed out after 44 overs

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    abd my fav batsman.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    What a ridiculous stadium this is. It seems to have some 50-55 metre boundaries. The smallest of boundaries I have ever seen in international matches. Such a small ground should never be allowed in international matches. It's a shame to see batsmen raking up silly centuries; scoring effortless fours and sixers in this stadium and inflating their averages. Feel terrible for the bowlers.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 27, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    congrats south africa ab my men does it again with abnormal power hitting. cant do much when guy on fire. down to centurion i guess

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Looks like all over for pakistan. Today the super ABD turned up which we all knew. Pitty for pakistan is that today their batsmen played well after long time and bowlers did not turn to the party. Even ajmal was poor today. Bhatti just couldnt bowl well.

    Another final between two sides looms.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Another defeat on it way for Pakistan. I already said it long time ago that HAFEEZ, NASIR AND MISBAH GOT TO GO.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    ABD accelerating at right moment. It will be decided in this batting power play.

  • romirom on November 27, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    saf are favourite in tis game wit 7 wickets in hand.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan is heading for another century in faysal t20 cup, he is not out on 51 of 36 balls, he is knowcking of the selectors door. Jamshed watch out

  • on November 27, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    i dont think pak will win easily today

  • SurlyCynic on November 27, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @ Cricket_Man: Seems you only remember the close decisions which go against Pakistan. If 'benefit of the doubt' could have saved Akmal then how about Smith last game? Anwar Ali ran straight down the pitch which is not permitted, you never see batsmen running there. Was he trying to create rough for the spinners?

    And besides, those two decisions only happened a few balls before the end!

  • on November 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Kudos to Ahmad Shehzad. Hafeez needs to do some self-reflection!

  • Kover_Drive on November 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Pak should win around this time. It's been a quite while for them to see in a glory. They deserve to win with the superior bowling strength. Good bowling should not always be punished with the horrible batting, time for Pak batsmen to boost some morale for both bowlers and batsmen. All the best from India!

  • SurlyCynic on November 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    SA were getting off to good starts with De Kock and Amla, but bringing Smith back has ruined that. The only way SA could chase this was a good start but only 29 after 10 overs is pathetic. Why did they bring Smith back?

    Bowling was also poor apart from Steyn and Tahir. And Tsotsobe's fielding is the worst I've ever seen at international level.

    Pakistan will win easily.

  • Wajih1728 on November 27, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Al set for first series win against SA.... come Pak give ur best... one can easily assess their body language looks different than in UAE....

  • Pindia on November 27, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    The spin magician Ajmal has started his spell. The combination of Hafeez, Afridi and the master is unparalleled. Pak can afford to pick them all because odds are either Afridi or Hafeez will come off with the bat; albeit this has not happened much recently. Ajmal has probably more skill than Warne/Murali just that he wasn't being selected regularly until the last 2 years. I remember the shambolic tour in England 2010 when Kaneria was being selected over Ajmal. Who knows how many wickets he would have taken if Pakistan had a sensible selection process! I don't think SA will get more than 200 today...

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Gr8 score hopefully bowling and fielding will back up the batsmen s.a. look toothless without dayle steyn

  • chelnov on November 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I don't think Pakistan will win easily. Yes they are in bad form but if today it's their day than Pakistan has serious trouble. I mean Smith, Amla, A B and Kallis are top class and if they stayed then.......

    I still call it 50/50

  • Pavinasen on November 27, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Guys please don't underestimate Pak bowling,they are leathel even on flat pitches.Ajmal & Hafeez will do a steyn together.Would rain save SA

  • Cricket_Man on November 27, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Very good team effort by Pakistan. However, I feel the umpiring standard, thus far, isn't up to the mark. There were wides not being given and Umar Akmal being given out when benefit of the doubt should have saved him. Anwar Ali was very very unlucky for being given out obstructing the field when he never looked at the ball behind and never changed his line. My problem with such a decision is that in future fielders would throw the bowl towards the batsman ( batsman who runs with no intention to obstruct like Anwar Ali) rather than the wickets because they would absurdly get the batsman out obstructing the field. Steyn raising his finger and adjudicating him out reduced the value of umpire and was a bit embarrassing to watch as a cricket fan too. I think Pakistan has a very good chance to win its first bilateral series against SA and it would at least heal some of their wounds. Please post!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Cheers.....Good to see pakistani side batting well. Steyn is a good bowler but in 45 overs he does not prove himself well. Ofcourse pakistan has to hit hard and never mind of loosing wickets.... ofcourse this score was not even on boards as per stats and partial commentators.....overall they did well.....I do not care about steyn if bowling side was good they would have restricted to less than 220 as per avg run/over. Taking tailenders does not proof anything either its 6 or 8 wickets..and partial and incorrect decision possibly.....But still I will say he did well on his own...but ita a team work.......

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Although Steyn is a really good bowler but, it has to be said, he is not a good sportsman. He has a bad attitude and is mostly bad mouthing the players of the opposition team. Anwar Ali clearly couldn't see the ball to block it's path but Steyn still appealed for his dismissal which I feel he shouldn't have. A competitive total for Pakistan in 45 overs. I have a feeling it's going to be a close match.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Seems like a good enough total by Pakistan, for now. Let's see how the Proteas inning unfolds. Time to give Nasir Jamshed a rest, and let him work out the kinks in his batting. Fawad Alam should be brought back in. It's a travesty that someone who scored a century on debut, was confined to the domestic scene. Hafeez should bat at number six or seven, and if he doesn't even click there, should be out for good. We can utilize Fawad Alam's spin to replace Hafeez' slow mediums.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Bad umpiring twice out of anwar ali and akmal.

  • Pavinasen on November 27, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    This is a very competitive score,and I feel SA will battle to get close to this score,Its like chasing 300 in a 50 match.The only thing that will save SA is rain.Everyone needs to pray for the rain gods

  • Sports4Youth on November 27, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    If this track is easier to bat on, then Pakistan may find it difficult to defend even this 262 in 45 overs. Have to wait and see how they bowl. Few days ago South Africa failed miserably in chasing down 218, they failed by a good 23 runs. But that does not neccessarily mean that they cannot chase 262 in 45 overs. Pakistan's bowling is good, but they also have to field well for their bowlers to produce results.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    hafeez should learn from bilawal

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Bhatti and anwar give depth to pak batting line up . But also shows in 1st odi that they can realize situation and play sensible. and today bhatti showed that they can blast a few in the end if required. Bowling also good. very much needed all rounders.

    good score. up to bowlers to defend it . Wicket looks good to bat on but SA is also low in confidence while chasing.

  • Sports4Youth on November 27, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    BILAWAL BHATTI : The more I see this little wonder, I get impressed more and more by him. Today's 21 off just 14 balls was really great and gutsy. Taking Styen to the boundary 3 times in the 48th over was just great, never mind his wicket on the last ball. The wickets of Umar Akmal and Anwar Ali were wrongly given according to me.

  • wanatawu on November 27, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Good total from Pakistan 262 will be difficult to chase in 45 overs.Good bowling from Steyn.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    the score is below par even 280 here would be below par :(

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Good batting by pakistan this time. A big 3rd wicket partnership between ahmed & Maqsood.

    A bit disappointing from maqsood as he got good start but thrown it away by unnecessary shot.

    Finally ahmed made his start count. Plenty of starts in UAE but never got big and this time he made it.

    Nasir is out of form and looks like he will be gone for longer now after this series.

    Not much to say about hafeez. simply cant play steyn.

    Umar gave good finishing touch with bhatti and Anwar.

    With bhatti & Anwar , pak has depth in batting. and good thing they showed they can be sensible like 1st odi & also can play cameos if required like today.

    Anwar got rough 1 from umpire. The rule is that if you intentionally change direction. and he didnt. but any way might not make difference in todays game.

    Umar's was more tough for umpire. there was no clear evidence to over turn it really so stays with Umpire.

    good score and pak got bowling to defend.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen have been out the maximum number of times by obstructing the field.

  • Pindia on November 27, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    The worm has turned... This is the side for limited overs... Looks like Pak will make around 265 which is a 300+ equivalent. Don't think SA will get close, only way is if it goes Duckworth Lewis. Two poor third umpiring decisions in the last over. This team will do fine in the World T20 with Gul in for Junaid and another bastman for Misbah unless he fancies a final T20 swansong. Could be a historic day for Pak today!

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Hafeez is going to take lessons from Bilawal on how to play Steyn..,

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Losing Mizbah is Major impact. He's magician in limited over game.

  • izazkhan on November 27, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Why they are so much scared of Steyn ?

  • on November 27, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Game's gone from Pakistan..What a waste of a wicket..Shehzad gpt run out after scoring a ton on a flat track in SA.. Umar akmal and Afridi on the crease who will eventually mess it all up for Pakistan.. Very poor cricket from Pakistan.. Shehzad should have been there till the end..

  • BounceTrack_BULLY on November 27, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Ahmed Shezad looks solid!! Great to watch him bat!!

  • Sinjini on November 27, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Good to see PAK batting is giving some kinda kushion to the bowler.. Hopefully bowlers will pull a comfortable Victpry. Eventhough as an Indian Fan I always admired Pakistans bowling.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood missed on a well deserved half century and who knows a century. Shahzad should make one here.....good luck

  • mzm149 on November 27, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Well played Ahmed Shehzad. I hope you make a well deserved century.

  • on November 27, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    They are playing quicker because they know that even if a wicket falls they have backup and we should give credit to Anwer Ali and Bhatti for that, but most probably its a 300+ pitch, remember Pakistan has only scored 300 twice in two years and lost both times.

  • bouncer709 on November 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Today Jamshed and Hafeez did one thing positive in Pakistan favour, got out early and did not play too many dot ball to waste before getting out.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    youngsters impressing again, Shahzad, Sohaib, Bhatti and Anwar, when will Pak selectors get rid of old stock Hafeez, Malik, Jamshed, Razzak and Afridi ? Start planning for2015 WC now.

  • Wajih1728 on November 27, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Trust me I remember... when Inzi and Saeed Anwar build their innings in the middle...this means our batsmen knows how to rotate the strikes but application, temperament, patience was not there.....again I repeat....team is same, conditions r same, BUT wht thy changed today is their MINDSET....

  • izazkhan on November 27, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    So far i know the ONE DOWN should be the best in the team in term of form...why they are trying Hafeez again and again!!!!

  • Solid_Snake on November 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    For the first time in long run,Pak batsmen are playing sensibly.Run rate is unbelievable because of our batsmen current repo.Don't want to jinx it..Just praying that this current partnership keep on going like that.

  • on November 27, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    It is actually a good start. Only 2 wickets lost so far at 95/2 in 19 overs. The batsmen out are hafeez and jamshed. Jamshed is terribly out of form and i dont see him coming back in squad for some time now.

    The important thing to note is that out of 95 they have only 9 fours. that is good ration of running.

    Shehzad and Maqsood should capitalize on this start and make it count. not leave it for others.

  • on November 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    All pakistan needs to do is get rid of Jamshed for good or atleast for now until he proves his worth in domestic cricket. Hafeez should be batting at no 6 and groom Shoaib to open the innings. Bring in Asad shafiq or Umer Amin instead of Jamshed. This will really make the batting line up lot more stronger. Also Irfan should come in as soon as he is fit as he is a better bowler than junaid and give more chances to Bilawal bhatti and Anwar Ali.

  • bouncer709 on November 27, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @Mahi Kashmiri: If Whatmore is to decide the batting order, then what Misbah is doing being a captain? he should resign. Whatmore can stand somewhere near the boundary like football coach during Pakistan bowling and can make bowling changes and field adjustments. No need for the captain.. but who ever do select playing 11 , or set batting order, one thing is clear, they do it on personal favoritism. It is Misbah or Whatmore...

  • bouncer709 on November 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @ICCExpert: Now a days, another love story is also getting developed, that is AB Devlier and Afridi. Afridi got him out 08 times.

  • Joe-car on November 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    The problem with Pakistani batsmen is that they play out far too many dot balls. Their problems don't stop there either, they don't seem too eager to run between wickets, it's as if they are too preoccupied with hitting 4s and 6s. They'l murder you on a road of a wicket, but the run out of talent as soon as the wicket and/or overhead conditions offer a bit of something to the bowlers- spin or seam.

  • on November 27, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Steyn knows very well that hafeez wicket main no one can take it from me.

  • Resultpredictor on November 27, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    McLaren and Tsotsobe will booster the SA bowling attack. Pakistan will lose this match because of sheer Over confidence

  • romirom on November 27, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    enough is enough. Its more than enough. Misba ned to do sumthng about hafiz bating order

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 27, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Next time onwards pakistan will allow to play Hafeeze against SA if Steyn in not playing. Why should gift a wicket to SA.

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    It's Whatmore not Misbah who is sending him number 3, Hafeez is whatmore's favourite.

  • roook on November 27, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Miracles do not happen in cricket which misbah donot realize. Nasir Jamshad is struggling for 1 year now and hafeez is not a no 3 batsman. This is professional cricket your slightest weakness is exploited.

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Hefiz and styne seems to be making world record.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Get over Romeo and Juliet! Hafeez and steyn is the best love story in the history of this planet!

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    How many of you agree that Misbah is the worst captain ever by continuosly sending Hafeez the goat to Steyn the Cheetah. Why cant they be bold to drop him or send him at no. 6 or 7 ?

  • bouncer709 on November 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @ICC Expert: Nasir Jamshed should play tape ball cricket on roads, where there is no swing and no uneven bounce.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    when will they drop Jamshed and bring in the best opener in pakistan Sharjeel Khan ?

  • deshwani on November 27, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed still playing!!!!!!!!!!! how foolish peoples are with Pak team... ohh GOD... they will lost this match and drop Jamshed in next match for sure 200%.. you will see... its practice.... shame on captain

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Yes both teams might be struggling chasing but to defend pakistan need some score. Conditions will be very difficult. 1st hour will be so important. Our top order batsmen are not comfortable with new ball.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Please sent Jamshed and Hafeez back to domestic cricket.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Please sent Jamshed and Hafeez back to domestic cricket.

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Yes both teams might be struggling chasing but to defend pakistan need some score. Conditions will be very difficult. 1st hour will be so important. Our top order batsmen are not comfortable with new ball.

  • deshwani on November 27, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed still playing!!!!!!!!!!! how foolish peoples are with Pak team... ohh GOD... they will lost this match and drop Jamshed in next match for sure 200%.. you will see... its practice.... shame on captain

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    when will they drop Jamshed and bring in the best opener in pakistan Sharjeel Khan ?

  • bouncer709 on November 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @ICC Expert: Nasir Jamshed should play tape ball cricket on roads, where there is no swing and no uneven bounce.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    How many of you agree that Misbah is the worst captain ever by continuosly sending Hafeez the goat to Steyn the Cheetah. Why cant they be bold to drop him or send him at no. 6 or 7 ?

  • ICCexpert.... on November 27, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Get over Romeo and Juliet! Hafeez and steyn is the best love story in the history of this planet!

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Hefiz and styne seems to be making world record.

  • roook on November 27, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Miracles do not happen in cricket which misbah donot realize. Nasir Jamshad is struggling for 1 year now and hafeez is not a no 3 batsman. This is professional cricket your slightest weakness is exploited.

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    It's Whatmore not Misbah who is sending him number 3, Hafeez is whatmore's favourite.